“Maddy, what are you doing?” My twelve year-old daughter sat with a list in-hand and a collection of school supplies fanned out around her.
Without looking up, she replied, “Checking off my school supply list. I’ll make a separate one and let you know what I need you to buy when I’m done.”
“Oh, ok….you do realize that it’s July 18th and your school doesn’t start until August 18th?”
“Mom! I need to be ready.”
I paused for a second to think of a come back but decided I wasn’t going to discourage her obsessive need to organize and plan. Plus, I had a better idea…
“I see. Well, can you do the same for your brother?”
While a month seems like a lot of time to handle back to school shopping, many big box retailers including Target are running great deals on school supplies right now. So maybe Maddy is right.
But while I buy my children school supplies, I can’t help to think about those parents who can’t afford to do the same. Sixteen million children in the United States live below the poverty line. The numbers aren’t much better when we look at teens. Forty-one percent of the 24 million adolescents between ages 12 through 17 in the U.S. live in low-income families. We know that poverty affects a child’s ability to learn and while giving them the right tools to go back to school is only a small step in correcting this problem, it is one in the right direction.
Do good this back to school season by buying your school supplies at Target. Right now, when you purchase select school supplies, Target will donate one to the Kids in Need Foundation. They’ve pledged to donate up to $25 million in supplies. Click here for more information and watch the video below.
Get ready for back to school and give to children in need because they all deserve a great start!
Oh and in case you were wondering, Maddy did not go through her brother’s school supply list…I still have to do that one!