I can’t believe my baby boy is in 6th grade. He wears Hollister clothes, uses Hollister body wash, and Hollister body spray.
What. On. Earth, dude.
The schools here in Wake County are funny. There are some schools that are year round and others that are on the traditional calendar. Styles didn’t want to do year round school, despite my incessant prodding so I figured he would go to the school in our neighborhood. The school got good “grades” so I knew that he would get a good education there and be surrounded by children whose parents felt the same way about education that I do.
So last week I went to Student Assignment and waited in line just to get into the building. Once I was in, Grady and I were there for 2 hours. It would have been a glorious trip had Grady not been with me, however; he was and he let people know he was there.
Once my turn came, I met briefly with a lady who told me which schools in our “choices” had seats open. Our neighborhood school was FULL. And when I say full, I mean OVER full. There was a -22 in the 6th grade spots. The other traditional calendar school in our “choices” got a 3/10 last year and had lots of bullying reports so I absolutely didn’t want Styles to go there. He’s an easy target. The only other school that had seats was a year round school, so year round it is!
After leaving Student Assignment, I had to then go to the school to get him registered. That was Wednesday. He started school on Thursday. As I was leaving the school, I was grateful that we were able to get into such a great school. It got a 9/10 rating last year and is located in an affluent area. But then I felt badly for feeling that way, because not everyone is so lucky. The “Choice” system in Wake County is cool because it allows children from all walks of life and economic situations the opportunity to go to schools in really great neighborhoods, but parents don’t always take advantage of the option. I’m not sure why because transportation is provided to all of the schools in your “choice” bracket.
I had seen the bins in Walmart for Elmer’s and Champions for Kids collecting school supplies for children in need, and because I like to jump in on any opportunity to help someone out that I can, I decided to stock a backpack with school supplies to give to Backpack Buddies. You know, a sort of #BagItForward thing. I recently joined the Wake Forest Junior Women’s Club. We partner with Backpack Buddies to help kids in need during the school year, along with other community projects. I knew that I could easily hook up with one of the gals from the club so that they could donate the backpack and rest assured that it would get to the right place.
I also saw that Elmer’s has this 1st Day App and I wanted to check it out. Come to find out, it’s an organizational tool for you to take pictures of your kids before school on their first day each year, (or any other photos you want to take throughout the year), and store them or share them with friends and family. I’m suddenly addicted to this app. If you’re even remotely like me, you have thousands and thousands of digital photographs with no organization in sight, and some of them have been lost in old photobucket accounts or closed Snapfish accounts because you didn’t order within the specified time. I am HORRENDOUS at printing my photos so I just have computers full of pictures. When the computer becomes too bogged down to use, I buy a new computer, label the old one “2003-2006” and throw it in a closet somewhere. Someday I’ll fire them back up and show my grandkids some pictures. Right. I’m also not great about remembering to use apps to take pictures but you can take a pic with your phone camera, THEN go to the app and upload pictures that you’ve already taken. The 1st Day App lets you organize by child, year, whatever! It’s really neat. And in August, you can get a free 5×7 photo at Walmart. Just visit the Walmart Photo Department in-store or online at Walmart.com/photo for details. August is almost over so GO NOW! Plus, for those of you who would like to donate time or money but just don’t have the resources, when you use Elmer’s 1st Day App, Elmer’s donates supplies to support the Kids in Need Foundation. How cool is THAT?! What an easy way to save memories AND do something nice for kids in need, without breaking the bank!
Now, back to Backpack Buddies. I hooked up with one of the gals from the Wake Forest Junior Women’s Club to give her the backpack full of goodies.
I used a backpack that we bought for Styles in 2010 just before we moved to Georgia. In Chatham county the kids had to use clear or mesh backpacks so he wasn’t ever able to use this backpack, and I got him a larger one from Land’s End this year. I shopped at Walmart and stocked up on paper, folders, a binder, erasers, pencils, pens, crayons, and some other fun school things to put in the pack. I also bought two of Elmer’s Painters pens so that the recipient of the backpack could decorate the pack and make it their own. I got silver and neon green because bright colors are SO IN RIGHT NOW! I really hope that whomever receives our backpack loves it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Elmer’s. As always, all experiences and opinions are my very own and were not influenced in any way. #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric