Teaching kids about the importance of giving back has always been an interest of mine. I worked with middle and high schoolers who always seemed to come together when it was time to give back to their community. Now that I have my own children, I want to instill those same beliefs in them. Although my oldest is still very young, she understands why we give back and knows that there are people out there in less fortunate situations that may need help. It always amazes me when she takes it upon herself and thinks of others, especially during the holiday season.
This time we were able to help an organization much closer to us, her own school. Public Schools, although equipped with some amazing teachers, are lacking in supplies and educational materials. Many of the classroom supplies comes from parents or out of the pockets of teachers, and I don’t think this is fair. More emphasis should be going towards the education of our future.
When I suggested a crafting party to my daughter, she was excited. She loves all types of crafts and loves to get friends and family involved. Since we host playdates often, and sometimes do holiday crafts together with the kids, it was a simple enough task to get everyone together. When I explained to the parents that I wanted to get some simple supplies together- glue, crayons, scissors, pencils, etc, for a few of the classes in my daughter’s school, everyone happily obliged and went above and beyond to make it possible. It’s easy to give back, especially when you have a place in mind and know what they need to make education more successful in the classroom.
We headed to Walmart for our craft party and also to pick up items for donations because they have great prices and you can really stretch a budget. We picked up a few sets of Fiskars scissors, Elmers Paste & Glue Sticks, crayons, pencils, erasers, and colored paper to donate to our classroom.
You can find out more details on how to get involved and give back at http://cfkhelpkidsthrive.org/. You can also submit your own projects at Champions For Kids. Champions for kids makes it easy to give back to your local community. Head to their website to find out how you can help.
Also, did you know that Fiskars is the #1 teacher recommended scissor brand? We’ve been using Fiskars as our first learning scissors because they have the 5″ kids scissors which feature a safety edge blade and antimicrobial handle which both, left handed and right handed users can comfortable use. Head over to Fiskars to find out more information and find fun projects to do with the kids!