“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide
what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
School Supply Drive
INTENTION: To give kids the tools they need to succeed in the new school year.
PURPOSE: To engage community support for collecting school supplies so children who do would otherwise have some or none of the equipment needed have the advantage of a good start.
ACTIVITY: For many kids, the beginning of the school year means new clothes, a salon visit and maybe even the latest cell phone or computer. But for some kids just getting the basics, like pencils and paper, together is a challenge. By assembling backpacks with all the tools needed to learn, you not only give these kids the supplies they will need for the coming year but you also send several positive messages. First, you care. Second, education is important. Third, they have the same chance at success as the next person. All three messages are powerful and may just give the kind of encouragement that will change lives for the better.
Before the end of the school year, search for the support of a club, a team, a neighborhood, etc. Choose a giving format. Are you going to choose a school as a donation destination? Or a classroom? Or, maybe, a group at a place of worship. Will you collect boxes of paper and bags of pencils or will you fill backpacks with supplies according to lists created by teachers? Perhaps, encourage parents when shopping for their children to put together one additional back pack.
No matter how you design your school supply drive, you can take pleasure in the fact many students had a great start to the school year because of you and your group.
STEP BY STEP
1. Assemble your team, then choose the recipients.
2. Decide when and where you will collect the supplies and how you will distribute them.
3. Any “leftovers” can go to the school office for new students throughout the year.
ADD ON: Include handwritten notes, maybe about a favorite game or blog.
ADD ON: Add some extras – a couple of books or a sketch pad and drawing pencils.
AGE: 6 & Up
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