Many families are experienced at purchasing school supplies for their children. They buy in bulk at the beginning of the year and find that at the end of the school year they have a lot of extra school supplies left over. If there children are heading to another school, for instance moving from elementary school to middle school or if these supplies are not needed for their next year’s class, how can these supplies be used without throwing them away? Many places need these school supplies and parents can donate them to give less fortunate children the school supplies that they need for free.
• Donate to the School – Many schools are having budgetary issues and funding cuts. They cannot afford to supplies many of the items their lower income students need. If the teachers can afford it, they help these students out. In most cases they students simply suffer because there is no funding for these school supplies. Take your extra school supplies to the school and donate them. The supplies go to those students who really need them and they appreciate every item that is donated.
• Donate to the Teacher – If you know at the end of the school year what supplies are left over, offer them directly to the teacher at that time. Explain that you want them to go to a student who may have need of them in the next year. The teachers appreciate this type of thoughtfulness almost as much as the students do. You save them money and also allow them to teach more effectively when all the students have the proper tools at hand.
• Donate to a Charity – There are many charities in every community that collect school supplies before the year starts off for underprivileged children. These community organizations were created because many school districts are so underfunded. You can drop off the items and the charity makes sure that they go to those children who really need them.
Do not throw out extra school supplies or those that are left over from the previous year. It is important to recycle them by donating them to the school, teacher or local charity. Budgetary cuts and the poor economic times mean that there are many students who may do without the basics if it were not for these types of donations. Not only do you make it easier for children to learn by donating, but you also feel good about yourself.