Both a child's performance in school and self-esteem can impact their entire life, as well as the community in which they grow up. Help make going back to school a positive experience by purchasing and stocking a backpack for a child. Not only are you eliminating a challenge for a low-income family, you are enabling a young student to start the school year on a more level playing field.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Select a family in your neighborhood or workplace who is in financial need and has school-aged children. Or call a local elementary school, soup kitchen, or church to find a family.
- Get your friends, co-workers, and family members involved so you can buy in bulk. It's more cost-effective, and more kids can benefit.
- Go to the website of the child's school to see if a list of supplies for each grade level is posted.
- If nothing is listed on the school's website, here are some items you could include:
- One school backpack
- Six #2 pencils
- Six medium ballpoint pens
- One package of colored pencils
- One package of markers
- One barrel pencil sharpener
- One pencil box or pencil bag
- Two-pocket paper folders
- Two wide-ruled spiral notebooks
- One package of wide-ruled notebook paper
- One 12-inch ruler
5. Select backpacks and school supplies that are fun and gender specific.
6. Deliver the backpacks with a smile.
- 39% of the nation's children, 28 million children, are from low-income families—the majority of which head to school each fall.
- Children need school supplies to complete schoolwork and homework.
- Required school supplies cost between $20 and $100, depending on the grade level. This expense can be a financial burden for low-income families, especially those with more than one child.
- As they grow, children become increasingly sensitive to the evaluations of their peers. A social stigma occurs when children are different; and children are aware that they are different if they don't have new school supplies and the other children do.
- Having school supplies that all the other kid’s have impacts a child's self-esteem positively. Self-esteem impacts a child's success in school.
- Children who feel good about themselves and their abilities are much more likely to do well in school...and in life.