We head back-to-school in less than two weeks, so this past weekend my little girl and I shopped for school supplies. The supply list didn’t seem as long as some previous school years, but things added up quickly. It sure didn’t look like $35 in that shopping cart. At the moment, I have just one school age child and found myself thinking about some of the other parents who were buying school supplies times 2 or 3 or more.
As we shopped, my 9-year old took great care in making sure we got the right things and marked each item off our list. Starting the school year off with the right tools really seems to matter to her a lot. Kids have so many things to worry about in school such as good grades, peer pressure and making new friends. It’s tough when they have to worry about whether or not they have essentials like pencils, paper and glue sticks. It’s one of those things that happens a lot though. When money is tight, it can be challenging for families to obtain the necessary back-to-school gear. As a single mom, I’ve been there, done that and wrote the book on it. It’s one of the reasons I’m so proud to be a part of the Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle, and tell you about the “Backpacks Full of Good” initiative.
Backpacks Full of Good
This school year, Tom’s of Maine has teamed up with The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) to donate 10,000 “Backpacks Full of Good” to students most in need, nationwide.
Each colorful, durable backpack will include essential supplies such as pens, markers, glue sticks, and more. Inside the backpack will also be a sample of the Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Anticavity Children’s Toothpaste, to help the kids keep their naturally bright smiles.
Share a “Good Luck Letter” with a Child
Starting the new school year with the proper tools is just one way kids can feel confident about going back-to-school. Words of encouragement can go a long way in giving a child the confidence they need. With this in mind, Tom’s of Maine is inviting the public to add an encouraging word to a student’s backpack.
Now through August 19, 2018, families can visit https://www.tomsofmaine.com/backtoschool to submit a personalized “Good Luck Letter” which will be included inside the bag, along with the supplies. I encourage you to take a moment and sit down with your child to send a letter of encouragement to another student. I think this is a great opportunity to not just wish a student good luck, but to teach our kids about the importance of helping others.
Our words can make a difference.
The Backpacks Full of Good initiative is just one example of Tom’s of Maine commitment to supporting communities. Every year, Tom’s of Maine gives 10% of its profits back to helping people and the planet and employees are encouraged to give 5% of paid time to volunteer.
Products and compensation were provided to me by Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% my own.