Back to School Supplies #BagItForward #CBias @Elmers @Walmart


We are only a month into summer but school will soon be starting back up again as back to school sales indicate. Most show their teachers appreciate at the end of the school year. Some may not even show their appreciate at all! For shame! But if you forgot to do it a month or two ago, I am going to share a way you can easily do for this back to school session.

As you know, we homeschool, and just like any other family purchasing school supplies is a little like Christmas around here. New glue sticks, new markers, new crayons, new pens and pencil and erasers you can actually find, are a source of rejoicing in our home. Seriously.

The other night my two older daughters and I went out to Walmart at 11:30pm to shop for quality school supplies at low prices for Elmer’s simple service project, which is a campaign supporting teachers by offering a donation of buy 2 school supply items and Bag It Forward to the teacher of your choice. My daughters were tickled to be out a midnight with mom shopping and we had fun.

To help with our shopping experience, I downloaded Elmer’s 1st Day App, which is also available at the school supply list holder. I simply went to the website clicked download and it was quickly downloaded to my iPhone. It is an app to help parents and children to capture the memories of the first day of school. It is available for a free download here. Using the 1st Day App will actually help drive donations to the Kids in Need Foundation which provides funding to teachers and ultimately kids.

We shopped for notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, more notebooks, glue, glue sticks and more pens and pencils.

Our donation gift is not wrapped in pretty paper or anything because our teacher is very practical and did not want wrapping paper or a gift bag wasted when the school supplies were just going on shelves.

This is going to be very weird and out of the norm for me in the giving back projects I usually participate in. My daughter was suppose to write this for me but she slept in! But here’s it is…we chose me as the teacher.

I admit my family doesn’t take time to officially show their appreciation at specific times of the year for all I do, other than Mother’s Day and my Birthday. However, there are little ways all throughout the year they thank me – my husband surprises me with big and little gifts when I least expect it or my oldest daughter will say she’s so thankful she’s homeschooled and will share that gratitude with me. There’s never been a time when we’ve taken our children on a field trip or another place that our children haven’t thanked us. So this simple service project was a way for us to get a jump start in purchasing school supplies for our eight children, as we go through a lot of school supplies. We are very grateful for this opportunity and privileged we have the option to homeschool.

My children woke up to the bags of school supplies yesterday and cheered, “Mom got school supplies!” And were soon asking for new markers and crayons to color. ;)

I am still deliberating over who we could share a bag of school supplies with, as it just doesn’t feel right that we gave to us! Maybe I can call an elementary school and see if there’s a family in need of school supplies and give back that way.

Be sure to visit Bag It Forward on Pinterest, Elmer’s Facebook and Twitter. The Pinterest board has some very creative ideas!

“I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Elmer’s. #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own.”

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19 comments

  1. Kathy Murphy says:

    Say it ain’t so—-back to school came to quick. What a great and generous program. Awesome job.

  2. Billie says:

    I always loved getting new school supplies. I love the great deals.

  3. Walmart has some awesome deals for back to school!

  4. Kelly says:

    I have so many happy memories of doing crafts with Elmer’s glue. What an awesome way for them to help out teachers.

  5. Lolo says:

    I cannot believe it is back to school time.

  6. Jenn says:

    Great cause! Don’t you love late night Walmart runs?

  7. Stefanie says:

    This is a great program.

  8. Kathleen says:

    Yeah, I am dreading back to school shopping. Had no idea Walmart had such great deals right now.

  9. Connie says:

    Bag it Forward is such a great idea!

  10. Back to school time, always loved shopping for school supplies!

  11. Jennifer says:

    your donation was great. I have to say though… you could have saved some money. 1 glue stick costs 10cents but a 2 pack costs 50cents. lol. that just doesn’t add up.

  12. Well, I am kind of hoping to give more than that away. I just grabbed a bag to show as my donation. That isn’t necessarily my donation! :-)

  13. Nice! I miss shopping for school supplies. I’m ready for my little guy to need them.

  14. debra says:

    I’ve always loved Elmer’s Glue! Brings me right back to my own school days!

  15. Maggie says:

    I can’t believe we are already talking back to school! Where did the summer go!

  16. Stefani says:

    I am participating in the #BagItForward movement too!

  17. i love this program. I have a friend in teh inner city schools that I donate too for her classroom

  18. This is such a great initiative!

  19. Terri says:

    Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this important campaign!

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