Another school year has begun. The last time I had to prepare for a new school year was two years ago when my daughter was a senior in high school. And there really wasn’t much for me to do besides making sure she got up and ate breakfast before heading out the door.
This time, I am participating as grandma or “mana” as my grandsons call me and it’s especially exciting because it’s my grandson Isaiah’s first year of school. Yes, dear reader, we have a pre-k student in the house.
It’s been a long time since I had to pack a lunch for a little one. I also remember how crazy mornings were when I had to get the kids ready for school plus get ready for work myself so I pitch in and help my daughter when she has to work mornings.
It’s also been a long time since I had to pick up a child from elementary school.
When I picked up my grandson after school, it brought on so many flashbacks. The afterschool rush of parents trying to be the first in line to pick up their kids before traffic became a standstill.
I saw the piles of paperwork my grandson brought home for my daughter to fill out and sign and I remember staying up late filling out and signing four sets. Honestly, didn’t it feel like we had the homework on the first day of school?
And just like when my kids were in elementary school, my grandson’s teacher sent home a list of school supplies she needs for the class like multi-packs of tissue paper and hand sanitizers, 2 packs of crayons and pencils, you know – the basics.
When my kids were little, I was too caught up with my own crazy schedule and life to realize there was a good reason why teachers asked for those extra supplies but I never bothered to ask. I’d buy what they requested and be on my way.
I can’t tell you exactly when but it was around the time when I started working from home and I was able to actually stop and have conversations with my kid’s teachers that it dawned on me. The reason why teachers ask for extra school supplies is because there just isn’t money in the school’s budget to provide the kids with even the basic school supplies they need to have a successful school year.
I saw it in my kid’s classroom and I see it now in my grandson’s.
Sadly, there are schools like my grandson’s across this good state of Texas and the United States who needs the help of their community just to get the basic school supplies kids need.
Many teachers end up purchasing supplies out of their pocket to make sure their students have what they need to have a great learning experience. I’m so grateful for teachers who do but they shouldn’t have to do that.
There Is a Way We Can Help
Times are tough for a lot of us but the good news is there is a way we can help our schools provide supplies for the kids and moms, it’s something we already to every week.
Box Tops for Education and H-E-B are teaming up to bring a renewed spirit of education and community to the state of Texas.
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that now more than ever, it’s especially important to support our teachers and Box Tops for Education in Texas makes it easy to give back to schools. All you have to do is purchase foods you probably already buy like General Mills products at H-E-B and your school will receive $.10 cents for every box top you clip and send.
And you can find box tops on cereals and other snacks. Isaiah went with me to H-E-B for groceries You know four-year olds are full of questions, right. Our conversation was something like this at the store.
Isaiah: Mana, are you going to buy food for my lunchbox?
Me: Yes, honey. Do you see something you want for lunch?
Isaiah: Yeah, I want these (pointing to Betty Crocker Fruit Roll Ups™).
Me: Searching for the box top label.
Isaiah: Mana what you looking for?
Me: I want to make sure it has the special box I can cut so the school can buy you and your friends colors and paper.
Me: Because I want to make sure the school has colors for your class.
Isaiah: And scissors (he says scizzors) mana, we need scissors.
Me: Yes, scissors, too.
Isaiah: I like my school mana.
Me: You do?
Isaiah: Yeah. Let’s get a lot of them to buy a lot of stuff.
At this point he’s grabbing boxes of the fruit roll ups but I found a way to distract him from buying the five boxes he wanted. He did end up with a couple of his favorites though.
Signing up to support your school online is easy and free – and it’s the first step towards even more opportunities for your school! Register today to stay updated on savings at your neighborhood H-E-B and to receive other local H-E-B Box Tops announcements!
Make a Bigger Impact
If you really want to make a bigger impact, support your school by entering the Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes. 20 Texas Schools will win 20,000 Bonus Box Tops that’s a $2,000 value.
Enter the sweepstakes by registering on cashforyoureducation.com. The more entries for your school, the more chances your school could win! So rally the PTA and see how many parents we can get registered for this opportunity – whether you live in Texas or not!
Here’s to a great school year!