Being a substitute teacher for a few classes, I would see students the first few days of school without the proper supplies they needed and it broke my heart! I cannot stand to see a child go without, therefore below are a list of things that someone can do to make sure they can receive the proper supplies for school.
1. Check out Local School Supply Stores
Organizations across the country provide free supplies to teachers from qualifying schools. Kids in Need Foundation, which helps support the nation’s teachers and students.
2. Try an Online Group
Join a Yahoo Group or a Google+ community and post a request for the supplies you need. You can even use this group to promote your school supply drives.
3. Utilize Your Community
Contact local churches, charities and nonprofit organizations, and research local distribution projects. The American Red Cross usually holds school supplies drives at their local chapters. (Our church will band together to help any child in need! As I am sure most do!!!)
4. Seek Out Backpack Programs
Backpack programs — such as the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program, Schools on Wheels and School Ready Supplies — donate supply-filled backpacks to students.
5. Go Online
Craigslist doesn’t just sell items, it gives them away for free! Under the “For Sale” category, click on “free” and search for whatever supplies your child needs. You can also search Freecycle.org, a grassroots movement that connects people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
6. Check With Your School District
Some states require public school districts to provide necessary school supplies to children. Certain districts are also required to provide books and school supplies for children whose parents cannot otherwise afford them.