It's that time of year!!! If your kids haven't already had their first day of school, it's coming soon. From backpacks to school lunches to looseleaf paper, all our pocketbooks are crumbling under the pressure.
My daughter is an advanced placement student, meaning her classes are somewhat more in-depth and designed to her needs. She handed me her supply lists Friday morning, and I could have just cried. Two of her classes carry fees along with the supply list. Now, when I say fees, I mean fees. These two classes carry an estimated $200 EACH in fees and supplies....in a public school, no less.
Already this year, I've shucked out $600 give/take on her education. Now, by the time I pay for this year, the 'free' school will end up costing me about $1200, for one year. Yes, of course an education is priceless, but there is a limit to what a single parent can do. We'll manage, and we'll be fine, but I can't help think about all those who won't be okay.
So, along the way, as I shop for what my kiddo has to have, I pick up extras. The cheapest, simplest things can go a long way with a child, and there are entirely too many who don't have the tools that they will need to face the classroom. Little tools, like pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, looseleaf paper, notebooks....all of these things are under $1. If you are a smart shopper, they can be 3 / $1.
I'm challenging you to do the same. If you have any means at all of contributing to the education and advancement of America's children, please support your locally-sponsored charity for families in need.