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6 Ways to Give Back During Back-to-School

6 Ways to Give Back During Back-to-School

It is officially August, which means two things—summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner, and it is officially back-to-school time. This means searching out backpacks, pencils, binders, notebooks, the whole shabang. 

Back-to-school season might look a little different this year, but it can still be exciting! It might also be challenging and—with kids—frustrating. You can take advantage of this time to grow and live a positive lifestyle by getting involved in local schools’ philanthropy. Today, we’re going to talk about six great ways to join in and give back to the community during back-to-school season.

 

1. Buy extra school supplies for local shelters.

While you’re out shopping for any school supplies you or your kids need, consider grabbing  some extras to donate. Many local shelters usually have programs running during back-to-school season for families who can’t afford to buy supplies for their children. Donating to causes like this betters the community and helps out local neighbors. 

 

2. Bring extra materials for a teacher.

In many school districts, the money provided to teachers doesn’t cover all the supplies they need for their classrooms, and teachers end up having to pay out of pocket. Try emailing your children’s teachers, or teachers close to you, and see if there are any materials they may need. If you can, pick these up while out shopping for your own supplies. The teacher will appreciate it immensely and you’ll contribute to a better learning experience for all students..

 

3. Get involved in a backpack program.

Many communities offer a backpack program, where children on free or reduced lunch sign up for bags filled with food to bring home for the weekend. Research local schools to see if any offer similar programs, then get involved by donating food, supplies or time dispensing the materials. You’re able to give back and help families who might be feeding their children more meals at home while their students are remote learning. 

 

4. Send a note or small gift to a teacher in your life.

The teachers you know have been gearing up for this school year all summer. Many of them finished out their school years remote teaching from their houses, and they’re most likely a little anxious about what going back to school entails in 2020. Let them know you’re thinking about them by sending them a little note to let them know you care, or even a gift card to their favorite coffee place.

 

5. Help clean up the school.

During back-to-school time, many schools make efforts to clean up the school’s lawn aesthetics or buildings. This year they’ll most likely be deep cleaning all the classrooms, and reorganizing a bit for the upcoming year. Check and see if any schools in your local community need help with a clean up service, then get involved painting, gardening or picking up trash. This is a simple yet very effective way to be involved philanthropically.

 

6. Teach your children about philanthropy.

Lastly, if you work with or have kids, take time this back-to-school season to teach them the importance of philanthropy. Lead by example in charity work, and your children will follow the same values. You have the opportunity to instill good morals in our future generation of philanthropists. 

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need. You can take advantage of philanthropic opportunities and better the schools in your community. Give back during back-to-school and school will give back to you.

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