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"Giving Back, by Backpack"

Here's a neat article about how Staples is helping millions of American school children, who live in poverty, get the supplies they need. How they are going about this, is what I find interesting. Rather than targeting mom or dad, they are targeting the teen. Or I should say, empowering the teen. Staples has teamed up with a non-profit called "Do Something", whose main goal is to cultivate community service among teenagers. Understanding the world that most teens live, the companies are using Facebook to get their message out about collecting school supplies for kids in need. As a parent of teens, my hope is that their campaign truly does inspire teens to stop, reflect, and do something!
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#2 Lani @ SchoolFamily.com 2009-07-27 10:50
Hi Johnnie,

There are many different kinds of fundraising events, such as bake sales, readathons, etc. -- we have lots of helpful info in the fundraising section of ptotoday.com ( http://www.ptotoday.com/fundraising ). Also, if you're not already involved with the parent group (PTO/PTA) at your grandchildrens' school, you might check whether they would sponsor an activity like this. Best wishes to you and your family!
#1 Johnnie 2009-07-26 16:55
My three grandchildren is starting back to school the 18th of August, going shopping today for the one going into 3nd grade I could not believe the list my grandduaghter had from the school for school supplies how can these families afford all the suupleis? what is happening with this world?
We need to focus on students instead of superintendents and school assistants, the teachers need help to get suuplies for ther classes.
I got several items and could not believe the cost of all these suuples most on special as well. I need to know how to organize a fund raising event to purchase extra supplies for children that need help.

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