Last night was back to school night at the twins' elementary school. The principal went over general information for a half hour. Mostly about the Parent-Teacher Association and how much they fundraise to support the school. Did you know the PTA at Carroll Elementary sponsors a magazine subscription to "Time Kids" or "National Geographic" for EVERY SINGLE STUDENT? The Carroll PTA pays for that. They also give every single teacher $100 cash to buy supplies for their classrooms. Due to statewide school budget cuts, this petty cash is becoming a necessity. The PTA also creates a scholarship fund to pay for students that can't afford field trip costs. They also collect those Box Tops for Education. Please clip all your box tops for me and I'll gladly turn them in to Tom and Abby's school. This PTA seems to have their act together over there raising over $20,000 a year.
So now I need your help. The first fundraiser of the year is the Entertainment book. Paul and I bought one last year and we LOVE it! No matter what city or state you live in, you can buy your own local entertainment book to benefit the Telford Twins' school! The cost of the book is $40 and half of that goes to the school! So I'm asking you (begging you now) to please buy one from us if you're planning to buy one anyway! Leave a comment with your email address if you'd like to buy one of these coupon books from us.
After the principal's message we went to Tom and Abby's classroom to hear what his teacher had to say about curriculum for the year. She said she is 99% sure all the students in her class will be reading by June! That's very exciting. I think the only thing I learned in kindergarten was coloring.
She also explained that due to budget cuts she's created a voluntary wish list of things we can donate to Tom and Abby's classroom. The number one thing on her list is:
The school gave each teacher a half box of paper for the entire year. That's only 5 reams, or 2,500 sheets. This is about 3 pages per student per day. Think about all the projects, worksheets, and notes to home she has to do for the kids and do the math. It doesn't add up. Paul and I have already decided to purchase a couple cases of paper for her and if you're feeling generous so can you! I found a great deal on OfficeMax.com today where they have a case of copy paper (10 reams, already double her supply) for only $28.
I'll also write out her whole wish list for those curious about what other supplies she needs.
Seasonal Stickers (each student gets a sticker at the end of the day for being a good listener)
Disposable Camera or film
Gallon Ziploc Bags
Large paper plate
Small paper plates
Waterless antibacterial hand soap (I'm assuming this is Purell)
Clorox (or Lysol) cleaning wipes
If you have a stash lying around and I'm going to see you anytime in the next 9 months, think of us! We'll gladly take any of this type of stuff off your hands and donate it to Tom and Abby's class.