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Even though it feels like Summer just started, I’m already in Back to School mode. It really sneaks up on you. I try to get ahead of myself and shop early for new wardrobes, shoes, and of course school supplies. I also start building up our Box Tops for Education collection, so we can bring them in when school starts again. We have been at the same school since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and I love how hard the PTA works to fund music and art programs that our kids wouldn’t have otherwise. I do everything I can to support them, and collecting Box Tops is one of the easiest ways to do it.
A new year of school brings on a lot of stress for me because my oldest has a lot of developmental issues, and although he functions well enough to be in a regular classroom, he can sometimes be difficult for a teacher with 30+ other kids to handle. After having a bad experience with one teacher, every year now I spend the first few weeks of school trying to get to know his new teacher, and helping the teacher get to know us, and making sure to be available for any issues that may arise before the first round of parent-teacher conferences. This year I’m going to be more proactive with a “Getting to Know Me” Back to School gift for the teacher.
I made a super simple printable label that you can fill out with a little information about your child. This is great for a special needs student, or a child who is really shy, or scared for their first day of school. You can also add your phone number, email, or any extra information you’d like to tell the teacher by writing it on the back of the tag. For the actual gift, I found a really cute chevron water bottle at the dollar store, as well as some teachers’ supplies, such as pens, markers, highlighters, hand sanitizer, lotion, and more.
The first thing you’ll need to do is cut a hole in the lid. My lid was really thick, so it was a little difficult to make the hole. If you have a sharper knife it might work better. Just be really careful!
Next, fill the container with the supplies. I did the pens, markers and highlighters first, followed by the sanitizer and correction liquid, then the hand lotion and mints, and any little smaller things I had were last.
Once everything is in there, put the lid back on.
Add a label, and write “Box Tops” on it.
I tied my little tag on with a cute ribbon. (Get the FREE printable here!) I also tied on a gift card for coffee, behind the tag. Because the teacher is going to need coffee to handle my kid. It’s the least I can do.
Don’t forget to add in some Box Tops!
To get the most Box Tops for your purchases, check your store for specially marked packages of Hefty Trash Bags featuring four Box Tops. This is a limited time back to school program, so get them before they’re gone. Hefty trash bags are the only trash bags that support Box Tops for Education, and the brand has raised more than $3 million in contributions to schools through this program.
On my last trip to Walmart, I grabbed the Lavender Vanilla Odor Block Hefty Trash Bags. With all the stress of getting ready for Back to School, I can use all of the lavender I can get, but there are lots of great choices for your specific needs.