Many Atlanta students and classroom teachers need support as they attempt to gather school supplies. Here are four quick and easy ways to lend a helping hand to teachers and students returning to school!
1. Spread the word about local school supply give-aways
Over the next two weeks churches, non-profit organizations, and businesses are hosting school supply giveaways. Call someone you know who needs school supplies and tell them to attend.
Saturday, July 30 Greenbriar Mall, Americorp, and WalMart are giving away 1000 book bags filled with school supplies. Preregistration begins at 9 A.M, near Burlington Ct. and the giveaway begins at 11 A.M. Location: Greenbriar Mall, 2841 Greenbrier Parkway S.W Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Saturday, July 30 Atlanta Mission ‘Back to School Bash’ from 10 A.M.-7 A.M. Location: Marietta Thrift Store 1140 Roswell Road Marietta, Georgia 30062
Saturday, August 6 Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church’s Back to School outreach program, from 9 A.M -2 P.M. Location: 1775 Water Place Atlanta, Georgia 30339
2. Use PayPal to donate at DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org teachers post needs for their classroom and ‘donors’ choose to purchase these items for the teacher. Using PayPal people can now donate a monthly or one-time monetary gift to a specific teacher. So, peruse the website, find a local teacher passionate about educating children, and use PayPal to G-I-V-E.
3. Participate in a local store’s school supply drive
Publix Super Market is partnering with United Way Metropolitan Atlanta organizations and other businesses for the ‘School Tools for Cool Kids’ project. Through August 14 community members can purchase or drop-off supplies at their local Publix. These supplies will then be distributed to 21 Georgia school districts by Cool Kids Learn Incorporated, a non-profit organization that provides academic enrichment to schools in the Southeastern United States.
4. Do a school supply ‘Drop and Run’
A ‘Drop and Run’, a term coined by ‘The Volunteer Guide’ is a simple procedure. First, contact a local classroom teacher or school and inquire about what his or her students need. Next, search your home for gently used/new office supplies or take a trip to you local dollar store. Finally, drive by the local school and drop-off the materials to the teacher you previously contacted.
Take the time to engage in one or more of these four basic acts of giving and allow students and teachers to see local citizens’ support. After all, it takes a community effort to support a community school.