Ways To Help Your Local Schools.

I remember when my Scarlet started kindergarten, and I thought I “wasn’t the type” to get involved with the school! Boy, was I wrong. The transition was harder for me than most when Scarlet entered kindergarten, but we grew together, and she did beautifully during her first elementary school year. Although my nervousness kept me a little off to the side for most of the school year, I was ready for a change when she started first grade. I was ready to connect with the teachers and staff, plan play dates, donate time and money, go to school plays and concerts, and have school lunch with Scarlet at least once.

When we moved here, we had heard the public schools were fantastic. That isn’t why we moved here, but since I was six months pregnant with my first at the time, it certainly didn’t hurt. We do love her little school, and I’m excited that Des will start kindergarten there in two years. Like many schools in many communities, our school needs our help. It simply cannot run on its own – without love and support from the students, the families, and the community. I became the “involved type”!

In my own way, of course.

There has been no greater joy to me than watching Scarlet and Des flourish when they’re with me, but also importantly, when they’re away from me. I love to watch them grow, learn and discover, and then I get to see all of the changes happening. It’s been a summer of growth, learning, and discovery with fireflies, cooking, birthdays, a new kitten, Cape Cod, New Jersey, pony rides, summer camp, water play, grandparents time, running, climbing, and so much more.

I always get really nervous before the school year starts – thinking about the dreams I have for them, and still for myself, and then I think about the ways they’ll carve their own paths. I think education is KEY in getting there. And I think supporting their education is key for us as parents and relatives and friends to do for our children and our towns. I think you may now know that I’m always in Walmart. Pretty much.. twice a week. It’s the time of year to buy products with box tops.

Shop, clip, save, send, and earn!

Ways To Help Your Local Schools:

1. Join the club. PTA, PTO, school council, etc. There is a time commitment for sure, so if you don’t think you’re cut out for the clubs/committees, you can attend the school board meetings. You will be able to provide your own input and get an inside view of how the school board works, and how it makes decisions that affect your community’s schools.

2. Share your time and talents. I’m a photographer and have thought about teaching a photography club or class. Even if you’re not teaching a club or activity, call the school and see if any of the clubs your children have joined are in need of transportation, supplies, or planning help. Chances are that you can help. You can also volunteer to share your profession or hobby with a classroom demonstration or a small group activity. Parents can also volunteer to read to children.

3. You can work as a library helper or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library. You can help with putting back library books and helping children pick out books to take home for the week.

4. Be a chaperone on Field Day or on a field trip. At my daughter’s school, we can also accompany the kids on a trip to a local vernal pool, or help with the school garden. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and the help is appreciated.

5. Participate in Box Tops For Education. It really is incredible. Want to read more? Check it out here.

When you buy participating products at Walmart, you’ll receive five box tops for your elected school. Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools on your everyday purchases. Simply look for the Box Tops label when you shop General Mills products at Walmart. Your school will receive $.10 for every box top you clip and send!

In addition to the $0.10 per Box Tops, you earn 4 more – $.50.

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