With school just about to start, we’ve been busy with last minute preparations. Besides planning school lunches, picking out outfits and packing backpacks, we are also buying extra supplies to donate to our classrooms. I’ve partnered with Kleenex® Facial Tissue today to share different ways anyone can be a classroom hero this school year.
Supporting your child’s school is something most parents want to do. Sometimes our resources like time and money may prevent us from trying, but with a little planning, everyone can be a classroom hero. Here are a few simple ways to support your child’s class.
How to be a classroom hero
1. Volunteer in the classroom
Some parents can volunteer in their child’s classroom often. Whether they have a flexible schedule, work part-time or stay home, they can easily give several hours a week. Most parents don’t have that much extra time or aren’t available during school hours, but it’s likely you can still be very helpful to your child’s teacher. Teachers often have cutting, organizing or other busy work that can be done at home. If you take an hour or two at home working on these simple projects, you can really make a difference in a teacher’s workload. Think about the impact if 5-10 parents could do that?
2. Donate School Supplies
While you’re picking up school supplies for your own child, consider picking up extra school supplies to donate to your child’s teacher. They can always use extra things like paper, pencils, and glue sticks to help families that aren’t able to buy all the necessary school supplies.
If you aren’t sure what to buy, you can always ask the teacher what supplies they need the most. You certainly don’t want the classroom to ever run out of hygiene supplies like hand sanitizer or Kleenex Facial Tissue. Everyone wants their kids to stay healthy and it’s much easier to do when the classroom has the right supplies!
When I find a super deal or bargain on supplies, I always pick up a few extra to donate. Right now, you can pick up a special back-to-school bundle of Kleenex Facial Tissue at Costco, plus there is a $4 off deal from 8/3-9/8. There are 10 boxes in the bundle and these boxes contain 43% more than the standard 160ct Kleenex box. More tissues are always a good thing when you are dealing with a potential classroom full of runny noses!
3. Join the PTO
I’ve been involved in our school’s PTO since Quinn started kindergarten. Originally, I just helped at school events, but now I’m a board member. Being a PTO/PTA board member takes up more time than most parents can or want to give, but again, giving just an hour or two is extremely helpful. Even one shift during a school event is helpful. Again, consider the impact if 50% of the families could give a little time to the school. I bet every PTO/PTA out there can use extra help. Our PTO also has projects that can be done from home, like organizing Box Tops for Education.