Today is an exciting day for our family. It’s my son’s first day of school.
I have spent the last 4 years of my life with my son almost every day. I still remember the first day I held him in my arms when he was just 11 weeks old (my son was adopted) and now he walks, talks, rides a bike, gets himself dressed and is ready for school. I am so proud of who he is today as he starts the next phase of his life. His life will never be the same and neither will mine.
Nicolas is just heading into preschool this year so no “back to school” shopping is needed but I found a great way to support kids that do need school supplies that may not have the funds to get them every thing they need.
Day 324: Give 324
I’m not sure I want to know how much it will cost me one day to stock up on all the school supplies my kids will need to start school. Binders, note books, paper, laptops, pens, markers, rulers – the list in never ending. We know that many families in this day and age don’t have the money for all the extra’s needed and I wanted to do my part to make sure a child had a few of the basics that are required to start their school year off on the right foot.
“All Staples locations in Canada have partnered with local schools and charities for our 6th annual School Supply Drive, to be held from July 23 to September 6, 2011 (July 31-September 4, in Quebec). Last year, with your help, we raised $1.03-million dollars to support local students. This year, we will meet or surpass that goal, with your kind support.”
Staples is giving us the opportunity to give this week with a “Back to School” community program that will give teachers and kids basic supplies that are need for the school year. Teachers were surveyed to list their top 14 supplies needed by children returning to school:
Pencils / Scissors / Calculators / Binders / Erasers / Glue Sticks / Highlighters / Lined Paper / Folders / Backpacks / Markers / Mathkits / Pencil Crayons / Notebooks
I did some quick math and if you shopped very wisely you may be able to get all these items for under $100. What if you have 3 kids and have a hard enough time putting food on the table let alone school supplies in their back packs?
For a small donation at the cash register I was able to purchase a Back to School starter kit for one child. A give I felt great about that cost me little time and little money but will make a big impact.
Time Commitment: 0 (made it while making a purchase)
But I love wholesome food that makes my body feel good from the inside out. What if the food we purchased gave back to our bodies and gave back to the world?
Day 323: Give 323
Some people like to shop for shoes and other for cars. I like to shop for food. I love beautiful grocery stores that make shopping an experience rather than a chore. I spend much time in grocery stores shopping for my family. I am drawn to stores where you can find a unique selection of products that I know give back to my body, my families body and to the planet.
My most recent discover was Deep River Snacks. I didn’t pick them up because the bag had big lettering on it saying “GOOD FOR YOU!” The flavour drew me in “Twist of Lime”. Next I picked up the bag and read it. Between the ingredients and the companies philosophy of giving back I was sold.
“We’re lucky, we get to come in to work each day and make snacks we love… So we understand that we have a responsibility to our planet and to people that aren’t as lucky as we are. That’s why we choose to give back.” A quote taken directly from the Deep River Snacks charity page.
Here is the great part. Each bag has a different dedicated charity. For example my “Twist of Lime” tortilla chips supports Caroline’s Miracle Foundation.
But each bag is different. It’s a fun match – do you find your favourite flavour or do you find your favourite charity on the bag and support it by eating this healthy snack.
Now you ask me how is a bag of chips good for you?
- All Natural
- No Artificial Preservatives
- No Artificial Flavours or Colours
- No Cholesterol
- No Trans Fat
- No MSG
Top 5 Reasons to Build a School Garden (Quoted from FoodCorp)
1) Students learn about farming and where food comes from.
2) They provide hands-on learning opportunities that integrate math, sciences and health lessons.
3) They encourage physical activities.
4) Growing food promotes healthy eating habits.
5) School gardens provide children access to local, healthy and nourishing foods.
Guess who I gave to today!
Give 322: Day 322
I built a garden with my son this summer (Give 195). I wanted him to feel the earth in his hands, plant a seed, water it and watch to see what would grow. I will never forget the day we discovered our first sweet pea growing. I think it had to be one of the happiest moments of his life. He showed everyone that came through the door. He was so proud he had grown food he could share with his friends and family.
Today I made a donation to help kids learn to how to grow good, healthy food right at school. I want as many children as possible to feel the pride that my son felt the first time he picked and ate the fruits of his labour.
Through the hands and minds of young leaders, FoodCorps strives to give all youth an enduring relationship with healthy food.
Whole Foods gave me a simple way to give to FoodCorps today at the cash register. I had a choice to make while checking out and I chose to give. Their goal is to offer 1,000 grants to schools to create and expand garden programs. I am thrilled to be part of this initiative.
Kids today need every chance they can get to be educated about their health, the planet, and contributing in a positive manner to their community. They don’t all learn these important lessons in the school curriculum and the FoodCorps School Gardens will give them a chance to learn all these great lessons.
The next time you stop buy Whole Foods please consider a donation as you check out. Even a $1.00 makes a difference.
Time Commitment: 10 seconds