I vaguely remembered Z.E.N.’s Kindergarten teacher telling me that summer assignments and school supply lists would be posted on the school’s website on July 1st. I was too busy getting ready for our trip to Punta Cana, so I didn’t remember until we got back.
The day we got back, I checked to see if the school’s website had been updated, and sure enough, it had. I downloaded the assignments and the school supply list and printed it out right away.
I’m the type of person, that likes to get stuff out of the way as early as possible, so I wanted to have the list in hand so I could start shopping for the items on the list.
What is #BagItForward?
The Bag It Forward website describes it as:
#BagItForward is a movement and a call to action. People across the country have joined together to help provide quality school supplies for the children and teachers in their local communities. On average, teachers spend $356 of their personal money on quality school supplies every year. By simply picking up an extra bag of school supplies for a child or teacher in your life, you can make a huge impact! Join us and #BagItForward!
I knew exactly which teacher I wanted to help. Z.E.N.’s Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. H. who may also be his first grade teacher, was the perfect candidate. She is a somewhat older woman and is what I would consider “old school.” She has been teaching for years and has excellent command over her class.
But that’s not why I chose her. I chose her because she has shown so much compassion towards Z.E.N. and his classmates. I witnessed some of this first hand since I was a class mom and visited the classroom pretty frequently.
On several occasions she approached me when I was picking Z.E.N. up from school to let me know if there were any issues that I needed to be aware of. But the one thing that stands out the most is the day that she mentioned that Z.E.N. yelped out in pain during class. She told me that she asked him what was wrong and he complained of ear pain. She went on further to say that he only complained once and seemed fine afterwards, but that she just wanted to mention it to me just in case.
As soon as we got home that day, I called the pediatrician to make an appointment. We went to see the doctor the next morning and lo and behold, he had a small scratch in his ear. Luckily it wasn’t serious.
Eager to start shopping I headed out to Wal-Mart with Z.E.N. in tow. We headed over the school supply section and I noticed The Elmer’s Back-to-School display.
Within the display there were some suggested school supply lists, but I decided to stick to my own list.
On the side of the display, I noticed an ad for Elmer’s First Day App.
I scanned the QR code and downloaded the App onto my iPhone.
The Elmer’s 1st Day app is very interesting. The app allows you to capture, organize, and share those priceless pictures and memories from the first day of school.
What sold me on the app though is that for every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to the Kids In Need Foundation, and is proud to help with a donation of up to 200,000 products. That’s pretty cool!
Z.E.N. started snapping photos right away as you can see!
When I got home, I sorted through all the stuff we bought and separated them into two piles, One pile for Z.E.N. and one pile for Mrs. H. I packed the supplies for Mrs. H. into a reusable bag and added some green tissue paper to make it look presentable.
Z.E.N. can’t wait to present the bag to Mrs. H. next month on Welcome Back to School Night!
Z.E.N.’s school had a back to school open house last week and he was finally able to present Mrs. H. with the bag.
We really hope she likes it!
For more photos, check out my Google + photo album: Bagging It Forward For Back To School #CBias
Don’t forget to also download the Elmer’s First Day app!
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 All thoughts and opinions are my own.