6 Ways to get help with school supplies!! #helpchildren #schoolage

Boy walking backpack

As a former teacher, I always found it difficult and sad for children on the first day of school who didn’t have the needed supplies. Usually, I would supplement what they didn’t have and try and ration what was brought. I began budgeting for those who didn’t have what they needed as I am sure most teachers do. ¬†Here is a list of ways parents can get help with those expensive supplies!


  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.

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I too was a single mother at one time and I know how hard it is to make sure your child gets everything on that list. Don’t be ashamed to ask, your children only deserve the best!!!

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