I was able to find a lot of supplies at thrift stores and I also pulled from the stuff we still have from last year. Again, this was a lot of work. I see why people just buy new stuff each year. It’s easier. It took several hours shop at resale places, find all of last years stuff and gather everything together. I could have just gone to the store, spent $50 and had supplies for the kids. No hassle.
My friend Mari, who is a school teacher, gave me the stuff I was missing. She had some leftovers and helped me out. I feel weird taking the supplies for free, so I told her I would do some graphic design work for her class.
Now the fun part… Friday night I get to meet the teachers and bring in all of the mostly used supplies. Markers in baggies, crayons in baggies, folders that look like they’ve been run over by a car 1000 times, liquid glue instead of sticks, vintage spiral notebooks and the list goes on. To not embarrass my kids, I’ll try to do this under the radar.
Here’s a cool thing. My church (prestontrail.org) collected backpacks with school supplies for a local elementary school that had kids in need. Our church sure rises to the occasion!! We collected more than we needed for the school, but we were able to help kids at other schools and through Christine, our awesome compassion person, matched up these gifts to kids that would have otherwise had no supplies. Yeah PTCC!