School Supplies and Giving Back with Elmer’s and #BagItForward

I know that I can be a broken record on this one, but I love back to school shopping.  I always loved it as a student and when I was a teacher it was one of my very favorite tasks. New school years mean fresh starts, new friends, learning new things – and of course skipping off to school in new clothes, a new pair of shoes and new backpacks loaded with supplies.

I have always been a Walmart shopper for my back to school needs – both as a student and as a teacher (and now as a mom)!  I can always count on low prices and a huge selection of supplies.  Today was no exception.  We headed to our local Walmart store in search of school supplies to purchase and share with a deserving child in our life.  This is part of the #BagItForward campaign from Elmer’s.  Since Lily Bean is still too young to require her own school supplies, we decided to spread the love and donate her share as well.  As we entered the store, we were greeted at the entrance to the back to school section by this Elmer’s 1st Day App kiosk.  Not only can you find school supply lists for area schools, but you can download the FREE 1st Day App just by scanning the QR code on the display.

elmers first day app

Of course I couldn’t resist a download.  This app appears to be quite cool!  You can upload pics of the kiddies as they start the new school year.  Then add captions, create albums and share with family and friends.  Store your pics in the app and year after year see how the kids change and grow.  PLUS -for every picture uploaded to the First Day App, Elmer’s will donate one product to the Kids in Need Foundation (up to 200,000 products).

elmers 1st day app elmers 1st day app 2

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With our app downloaded, we were ready for some shopping!  As we have come to count on, Walmart was fully loaded with aisle after aisle of creative material.

walmart back to school supplies

I wanted to make sure that we purchased a nice variety of school supplies – from drawing and writing tools to organizational helpers.  Where better to start?  With some Elmer’s Glue, of course!  Walmart had a good variety of glue sticks and liquid glue – and the price was definitely within budget.

lily with elmers glue sticks

elmers school glue

We added some more items before deciding that we had enough goodies!

Let’s talk about bargains for a second – because we got some SUPER ones today.  Everything pictured below, which is definitely enough to help out more than one student, cost $32.  Spending just $5 – $10 per student would stuff a bag full of supplies – how can you go wrong with 10 cent glue sticks?!  :)

school supplies

Deciding who to gift this donation to was easy.  I have a lot of teacher friends who teach a lot of kids who are well-deserving and in need of school supplies.  I decided to surprise my neighbor with these supplies.  She is a third grade teacher at a local school and I know that she will be able to find some kids to share these goodies with.  Hopefully they will help several students get the year off to a great start!

I had so much fun putting together her gift bag.  I sneaked over to her house this evening and left the bag on her porch – what a fun surprise!

bag it forward donation

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  • shannon

    thanks! Ive been excited to make a “school supply cake” I found on pintrest :)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/68750331782160016/

  • Terri

    I so impressed! What a huge haul for such a relatively small investment in helping out students and a caring teacher! Thanks for sharing how easy it is to make a difference!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Terri!