Excerpted from Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
February 23, 2010
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.