Aug
29
2009

The 10 School Supplies No Child Should Be Without

1. Personal Hand Sanitizer
It’s likely to be a bad flu season. Teach your child to use it frequently and always before lunch and after recess.

2. Antibacterial Wipes
Do the poor teacher a favor and send a container to school so she can wipe off desks and other germy surfaces in the classroom.

3. Label Maker
Label every lunch box, book bag, sweatshirt and notebook with your child’s name. It will save you a fortune in lost supplies!

4. Two Pocket Folder
Label it for homework and other important papers brought back and forth from home to school.

5. A Regular Backpack
Stay away from rolling backpacks. Many schools do not allow them as kids trip on them when changing classes and there’s no room to store them in the classroom.

6. Old Fashioned Pencil Sharpener
Many teachers don’t allow their students to use an the electric pencil sharpener due to noise.

7. A Playground Ball or Jump Rope
School districts are cutting back and teachers often pay for outside play equipment.

8. Change Purse
Lunch money has a way of disappearing so keep it in a safe place. A small change purse on a necklace is the best way to go for younger children. Then they won’t forget their purse and throw it out with their lunch tray.

9. $5.00-$10.00 Gift Card for the Teacher
Teachers spend a lot of their hard earned salary each year on your child. A gift card to a store that sells classroom supplies will enable the teacher to better equip the classroom.

10. Your Time
Even if you are a busy working parent put aside one day or night per school year to volunteer to do something that that will help your child’s teacher. The value of your time is priceless!

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  • Pocket folders work really well for ensuring stuff that needs to get to my child’s teachers gets there.
    When I need my 5 year old to take something special in I put it all in the pocket folder and then clip a big red label to the handle of his bag.
    Works a treat.

    I have also recently raised money for the school to buy IT equipment and am helping with an after school club. Both have been really rewarding and helps to get a valuable insight into the life of the school.

    Thanks for the inspiration to do more Maggie

    Hannah

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