BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING THAT GIVES BACK

 "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”   - Nelson Mandela   

One of my LEaST FAVORITE things to shop for iS sCHOOL SUPPLIES, but MY SPIRITS were LIFTED WHEN I SAW THAT staples has partnered with "ME TO WE"!

Me to We, in partnership with Staples and ACCO Brands, launched its first line of eco-friendly school supplies with an impact. Each product purchased gives a life-changing gift directly to a child or family in a Free The Children community overseas, so they are free to learn without battling against hunger, thirst, disease and financial restraints.

 Roxanne Joyal, CEO, Me to We. “Today more than 57 million children are still denied access to education. By engaging today’s generation of young people to make a difference with their purchases and through the impacts behind Me to We’s line of school supplies, children overseas will have the chance to go to school.” 

My family witnessed first hand the desperate need for school supplies, when we visited a small village school in Namibia, a couple of years ago. 

 THIS IS REALLY COOL! As a part of Me to We’s Track Your Impact initiative, all products come with a unique eight-digit code for buyers to track exactly where their purchase gives a life-changing gift. Each product provides a different gift – backpacks give a student overseas school supplies for one year; binders ensure a tree will be planted; lunch bags give a child healthy meals, and reusable water bottles provide one year of clean drinking water for one person, among other gifts. 

Here are some of the supplies we picked up at staples.  It was great for my kids to type in the code and see the impact they had with a simple purchase. 

 A school supply company that also gives back is Yoobi. It is found exclusively at Target. Every item you buy helps donate an item to a classroom in need.

Another opportunity to talk to our kids about how fortunate they are to have things as basic as pencils. 

What’s really special about Yoobi is for every item you purchase, Yoobi partners with the Kids In Need Foundation to add one product to a Classroom Pack. When the box is packed with 30 essential supplies, it is shipped to a select US school, so they will have every folder, eraser, scissors, crayon and bottle of glue they need for the year.

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Love these roomy backpacks from ESPEROS.

 At Esperos, they believe that education is a gift that should be available to all – and they also believe that education impacts not only the child who receives it, but whole families and communities.

Esperos designs products that are stylish, functional and durable - Every bag sold helps fund a year of education for a child in the developing world. 

This bag would look awesome with a fun bright monogram

Happy school shopping ;)!!