Monday, August 10, 2009

A Teachers View: Pay it forward!!

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great tips! If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please e-mail me at

Pay it Forward

With all the back to school sales going on, now is a great time to teach your kids to “pay it forward”. There are many families who cannot afford supplies and clothes to go back to school. Every kid knows how they feel to have new things for a new school year – it gets them excited about going to school and gives them a feeling of confidence. If your family is able, pick up an extra pack of pencils or a couple of folders, even some glue sticks. Many churches put together supply bags or give them to your school office, they will be able to hand them out as needed.

Back to school clothes were always my favorite part of fall. As you’re going through last year’s wardrobe, pull out the clothes your children no longer wear and see if your school can use them. We’re always looking for clothes to give kids when they spill lunch or fall on the playground. Socks and underwear are always needed too. Some students just need clean clothes and what we lend them doesn’t always come back to school, which is fine with us.

Small things can mean a great deal to someone. Generosity and kindness are lessons we want all students to learn.