This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own.
Education is one thing that Adrian and I always have agreed upon when it comes to prioritization in our family. We actually moved about 3 years ago to be closer to some of the better schools in town. It’s actually still an adjustment we’re getting used to as we are two city dwellers doing everything we can to resist the push to suburbia. 😂 Thankfully, both our kids love their school and have had some of the best teachers, so as parents we try to do everything we can do to give back as well. While time and finances can be limiting at times, I’m sharing 5 easy ways that you can still give back to your kid’s school!
5 Easy Ways to Give Back to Your School
Teachers can always use a helping hand, and it’s one of my favorite ways to connect with my kids while they’re in school. Whether it’s coming in to be the weekly “mystery reader”, helping cut out or laminate papers, or even assisting in a hands-on activity. I love getting a first-hand glimpse at what my kids are learning in school. Similarly, I know the teachers always appreciate getting a little help as well!
2. Send In Extra Supplies
Teachers can have tight budgets, and it’s no secret that sometimes they are even paying for supplies out of their own pocket. In the past, we’ve donated extra diapers to the toddler classroom while other times we’ve donated new books to the older classrooms. The next time there’s a sale on some of the classroom basics you know will get used, pick up a set or two to help out!
3. Scan In Your Box Tops For Education
Finally, this option is definitely the easiest and one that everyone can do! Box Tops can be found on most popular General Mills products such as Cheerios Cereal, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Mott’s Fruit Snacks, and even Annie’s Mac n Cheese. I still remember collecting Box Tops when I was a kid — cutting out the Box Top from the packages and stuffing them in envelopes once I got to school. We had a giant meter that we would color in as more Box Tops were collected. I still remember how exciting it was as we worked to reach our goal. Each Box Top collected translated into money earned for the school!
Now, it’s even easier to collect Box Tops with my kids as it’s gone digital!! I recently went to Costco and stocked up on all our snacks to get ready for back-to-school. All you have to do is download the new app on your phone, scan your Costco receipt and BOOM, instant earnings. Right now Costco is offering 10 Box Tops for every participating item. PLUS 5,000 members will win an extra 100 Box Tops. How cool is that?!
I love that I can still give back to the kids’ school. Even during those times when I’m limited on time and resources!
4. Get Involved In Extracurriculars
Being involved in extracurriculars is one of the most fun ways to give back to the school! Whether it’s coaching at soccer practice or rehearsing lines at the school musical, there are countless opportunities for this. Plus, it’s so easy and fun!
5. Offer Your Expertise
You’d be surprised how much we as parents have to offer when it comes to teaching the kids about something we are experts in. Whether it’s sharing something unique about your culture. Or coming in to give a career talk. There are many ways that we can contribute something valuable to the kids. Dylan even had a field trip once to a spinal surgery office because one of the parents in the classroom was a surgeon. That is an experience that Dylan still talks about!
So if you are looking for more ways to be involved in your child’s school listen to these tips! Remember that the Box Tops for Education Program is such an easy, fun go-to with helping out! Happy back-to-school!!
Did you ever collect Box Tops as a kid?
Let me know if you have other ways that you give back to your school!
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