Spotlight Friday: You’ve Been Bagged – Teacher Edition of Elmer’s Bag It Forward

Have you ever participated in You’ve Been Booed at Halloween?  Where you leave a gift and a note at a neighbor’s door with instructions asking them to stick a ghost on their door to mark that they have been Booed and then to Boo someone else?

Elmer’s Bag It Forward has come up with a fun back to school version.  It called You’ve Been Bagged!!  And instead of giving the supplies to a child, you give them to a teacher!

It is super easy to join in the fun!!  Next time you are out running errands, stop and pick up some supplies for a teacher.  Bag the supplies up, add the cute letter with instructions to Bag It Forward and leave the supplies at the teachers door or school!
The teacher I bought supplies for (Ms. S.) teaches at a high school.  As with many schools, there is a diverse group of students at the school.  She has seen many students who are working jobs to help support their families, some live in shelters, some live out of their backpacks, some cannot afford to buy lunch and many do not have access to computers outside of school therefore buy school supplies is low on their list of priorities!  This is not even an inner city school so if her students have those struggles, one can only imagine how hard it is at other schools!!
Help teachers and their students succeed in school with the right supplies!!  In high school kids don’t need the same supplies as elementary school kids.  I picked up college ruled notebooks, college ruled loose leaf paper, Crayola Colored Pencils, Dixon pencils, Elmer’s School Glue, Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick (a stronger formula), Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Sticks and notecards.

For Ms. S., I bought Bic pens (blue and red), Sharpie 80’s Glam Markers, tacks, binder clips, paper clips and tape.  The student supplies I purchased she can keep in her room to give to kids in need or to let them use while they are in her class.

Last thing to do??  Put the bag by the door… …and RUN!!!!

Now it’s your turn…go out and buy some supplies to donate.  Then, add your pictures to Bag It Forward to share your experience with everyone…no blog post necessary.

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Did you know Elmer’s is donating items to the Kids In Need Foundation?  From July 25 – September 1, for each “like” on the Elmer’s Facebook Page, the company will donate a product to the Foundation’s national network for free stores, where teachers from disadvantaged schools can “shop” for free school supplies.  Products to be donated include a variety of glues, foam board, project supplies and pencil sharpeners.  If you already “like” Elmer’s page, they’ll make a contribution on your behalf, but you can donate again by watching a video on the Elmer’s Kids In Need Facebook tab and sharing it with your friends and family. #BagItForward

Also, Elmer’s is a Upromise partner and every time you purchase an Elmer’s or Krazy Glue product with your registered drug or grocery card, a percentage of your purchase will be put into your Upromise account!

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #BagItForward #collectivebias but all opinions are my own.
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  1. says

    What a great idea Tonia! I might do that at the start of our school year in January.

    (You know, I was wondering why I hadn’t seen a post from you for a while. I thought maybe you had taken time off because of vacation. Seems like I hadn’t subscribed to your blog. I was positive I had. All done now. Now I won’t miss out on any of these great ideas you have.)

    Anne xx

  2. says

    Not a teacher but I love this! In my past life, I was very fortunate and was always able to send way more than my kids needed with them to school for the teachers to keep in their classrooms. With the recession, I am not as fortunate and I think it’s great that you stepped in. I wish you had posted a picture or video of you dropping off that bag and RUNNING though! Very funny!

  3. says

    We actually do “you’ve been boo’ed” among the teachers and staff at my school, but this would be so much better! Especially this year since we had our supply budgets cut way down and we had to cut down on the supply list for our students. Great idea!

  4. says

    Love this idea! I love shopping for school supplies anyway, but this is a really fun way to donate them and get the kids involved too!

  5. says

    Hi Tonia, as a teacher myself…what an awesome idea. I can’t tell you how much I personally spend to make sure my students have supplies and with the economy in the toilet…OMG! I am a new follower, thanks so much for visiting me. Crafty hugs, ~Shen

  6. says

    As a teacher myself — I LOVE this!! Any teacher would love the surprise of your sweet gift on their doorstep! Great idea! Thanks for sharing & supporting us teachers! {PS – I’m also a ‘Ms. S’} 🙂 xo, Reannah

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