Download this coloring page about school supplies for younger achievers.
Use it as an optional requirement for young children to do before the meeting begins.
Some families can barely afford rent and food so school supplies are not a priority. Often these kids live in poor communities where the schools have limited supplies and books for the school. Teachers sometimes use their own money to buy supplies for their classrooms.
Although kids all over the world can use help, it may surprise you that 1 out of every 5 children in the United States live in poverty.
Requirement 2: See It!
Visit a local store where school supplies are sold like Target, Staples or Walmart. Some supplies can be found at the dollar store and may be less expensive there. You can also go online to Amazon.com or another retailer that sells school supplies.
Bring this list with you. Write down what school supplies cost for a first or second grader.
Other Things to Think About:
- What else do you see that a new student might need?
- How many of each might a student need for a year?
- Are some supplies more expensive than others? Why?
- Do you think older kids will need more expensive supplies?
Add up your list of supplies. How much does it cost? If a family has three children, what would it cost?
Participate in a school supply drive project. Here are some ideas:
- Participate in an organized drive.
- Each person can donate one or more items purchased with their family.
- Adopt a classroom.
- Work with an organization like the Salvation Army or other organization to provide school supplies to kids in need.
- Help after a natural disaster to get supplies to kids so they can get back to school.
Download the optional review sheet for younger achievers.
- Do you consider your school supply drive a success?
- Would you do it again?
- What would you do different next time?
Why do you think there was a need for supplies?
- Do the families have enough money to buy them?
- Do you think kids can learn if they don’t have what they need?
Congratulations! You have earned the School Supply Drive patch. It can be purchased at our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
Does this give you some ideas for earning the Education Volunteer patch?
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