This school year is very exciting for our family – my son is headed into Kindergarten! He’s been attending preschool for the last two years, but this will be the first year that he is shopping for school supplies. I absolutely loved the tradition of shopping for school supplies when I was younger, so I may have been more excited than my son to head to the store this weekend and stock up.
It was Tax Free Weekend, so I knew that it was going to be busy but there was another reason I wanted to brave the crowds and visit Walmart to buy my son’s school supplies. I was excited to be partnering with Champions for Kids and Elmer’s for the Bag It Forward program. The Elmer’s Bag It Forward program encourages everyone to buy an extra bag of school supplies as you are shopping for your child’s and donate the supplies to a local shelter or school. It hurts my heart to think of children not having quality school supplies of their own, so this cause really spoke to me, plus it’s just such a simple service task.
There is a fantastic organization in St. Louis called KidSmart, who distributes free school supplies to teachers once a month. There are more than 90,000 students in St. Louis who cannot afford basic school supplies like pencils, glue, paper and crayons. KidSmart puts those supplies in the hands of teachers who give them to the kids that need them at school. Every August, KidSmart holds a a school supply drive called Push for Pencils. One of the largest of its kind in Missouri, Push for Pencils brings together over 150 businesses to gather together over 500,000 essential school supplies to kids in need.
This weekend, all of the local Walmarts were set up with donation boxes and volunteers to accept new school supplies for the Push for Pencils program through KidSmart. It was just another great reason to shop at Walmart this weekend for my son’s school supplies. I was going to also be able to share with my son the importance of helping others.
We headed to Walmart with my son’s Kindergarten Supply List and also the list of items on Push for Pencils wishlist. While it was very busy at Walmart, we were able to find so many great deals on items both for Hayden and also for students in need! I really appreciated that I was able to explain to my son how we were helping children in need. He loved picking out school supplies not only for himself, but for other kids his age.
For only $12, I was able to get all of the school supplies pictured above. I was so happy thinking how happy those brand new school supplies would make a child on their first day of school! All weekend KidSmart had volunteers by the Push for Pencils donation bins inside Walmart. I loved that I was able to talk to a volunteer who could tell me firsthand about the teachers that come in to pick up school supplies for the children that are in need.
Donating to Push for Pencils with KidSmart will definitely become a tradition for my family and I as we shop for school supplies each August! Why not make it yours and grab a few extra school supplies as you shop for yours! It’s so easy to Bag it Forward with Elmer’s and Champions for Kids!
Make sure to check out our Google + Album that shows our whole shopping trip!