I can’t believe in just one month Hanna is going to be back in school. This summer is flying by way too quickly! I figured I’d get a head start on school supply shopping and I was excited to get to Bag It Forward again this year. If you aren’t familiar with the Bag It Forward movement, it’s a simple way to make a difference by picking up some extra school supplies and donating them to a deserving child or teacher. Last year I was glad to be able to give school supplies and a new backpack to a friend’s child and this year we decided to donate to Hanna’s art teacher. I figured the “specials” (as they call them at her school) teachers are often even more forgotten than the regular teachers are and as much as Hanna loves art it would be nice to give something back to her. So, when I headed to Walmart with Hanna’s school supply list in hand I also had a mental list of things I wanted to get for Mrs. M.
When I got to the store Elmer’s had these great stands filled with school supply lists! Elmer’s, being the official sponsor of the first day of school, has this great new 1st Day app too. To make it easy for you, Elmer’s put a QR code right on the supply list stands so you can download the 1st Day app quickly while you’re at the store. With their new app Elmer’s helps you capture and share your kid’s first day of school memories. I downloaded it and gave it a try with Hanna’s Kindergarten pics from last year. You can make a folder for each kid and then folders for each year (or however you want to organize them.) And, I loved that for every picture I upload Elmer’s is going to donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation! It’s a pretty neat app for keeping track of your children’s first day of school each year and giving back at the same time.
While I was at Walmart I found almost everything on Hanna’s supply list and a ton of great things I thought Mrs. M would like to have in her classroom. Once I got home Hanna and I laid it all out to see what all we had. She is so excited about her new school supplies (I love that; I remember feeling the same way as a kid!) But, she was even more excited about making a basket to give to Mrs. M.
We picked out some pretty tissue paper and I found a great basket at Walmart to put everything in. Elmer’s has some awesome art products that I think Mrs. M is going to have fun with (I know I would!) I found some Colored Glue Sticks, Glitter Glue and of course Elmer’s School Glue and Glue Sticks. I filled in the rest of the basket with a variety of markers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, erasers, crayons, water color paints, disinfecting wipes, and facial tissues.
Hanna’s school is pretty empty right now but we have Mrs. M’s #BagItForward basket ready to go! We’re looking forward to dropping by in a few weeks and surprising her with it before school starts. I hope she really loves it and there are some things she can use in her classroom this year.
Walmart has so many great deals that make school supplies affordable and don’t forget that they will price match all of those other back to school ads too. I hope you’ll think of a child or teacher that you can Bag It Forward to this year while you are out shopping for your own children’s school supplies and pick up a few (or a lot of) extras to donate!
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and and Elmer’s. #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.