It’s back-to-school time for all ages, and teachers have been busy readying their classrooms for the new school year. Due to tight budgets all around, many teachers find themselves without much money with which to buy classroom supplies. Most schools pass along this responsibility to parents in the form of classroom supply lists, but sometimes there are things that would be great to have that don’t quite make the list of necessities. If, after you’ve gotten everything on your child’s list, you find yourself with a little extra in your own budget, here are a few items your child’s teacher would likely appreciate!
Keep Things Clean
- Tissue – School-supplied tissues can be rough on little noses. Some schools don’t even have tissues in their budget, so a box or two would likely be appreciated.
- Hand sanitizer – Perfect for quickly cleaning hands, especially in the lower grades where students require more assistance with hand-washing, and when there’s no sink in the room.
- Baby wipes – They have the same benefits as hand sanitizer with the bonus of also being handy for speedy desk cleaning. They’re gentler than harsher cleaning supplies, and the containers are perfect for storing craft materials!
Add a Splash of Color
- Bulletin board borders – Not a necessity, so these are something that don’t always make it into a teacher’s budget, but happy borders brighten up the room!
- Stickers and stamps – Perfect for art projects and for putting on assignments. Don’t be fooled into thinking these are useful for lower grades only– high school teachers use them, too!
- Paper party supplies – Useful to have on hand for birthday celebrations or other class parties; great for crafts and painting projects, too.
- Books – New and gently used books are the perfect addition to any classroom. Garage sales are a fantastic place to look for inexpensive books.
- Magazines – Great for cutting out pictures and letters for projects! Travel, parenting, kid and decorating magazines are easy choices if you want to avoid potentially age-inappropriate content.
- Fabric swatches, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, baby food jars – These have dozens of uses in art projects and for storing art supplies, so think twice before you recycle!
- Your time – Though it’s intangible, it’s greatly appreciated! Offer to cut out craft projects, put together packets or listen to a student read aloud.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. The easiest way to find out what would be most useful in your child’s classroom is to ask the teacher– that way, you’ll know if there’s a need for your donation or room for it. Teachers will appreciate the gesture!
If you’re an online shopper, you can head over to the online school-supply retailer, Chalkfly, which gives back 5% of each purchase to support teachers in your community.
Parents– what kinds of things have you donated to your child’s classroom? Teachers– what else would you add to the list? Share in the comment section!