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Back to School!

It's that time of year again: back-to-school time. Depending on your perspective, the summer has either a) flown or b) crawled at an alarmingly slow pace. (Most parents, of course, are the latter, with most kids and teachers being the former.)

At any rate, the school year is upon us, and that means back-to-school shopping. But for far too many children, there's just not enough household money for the basics they need to get the education they deserve.

This year, while you're shopping for your own little pupil, why not consider doing an extra shop for a needy student? We have found some terrific ways to make sure the goods get to the kids who need them:

Adopt-a-Classroom allows donors to partner with specific teachers and provide them with items they need. A donor can find a nearby school or one in another state. The organization can also pair donors up with teachers. 100% of the money goes to the school. Extra bonus: donors receive artwork and thank-you notes from students throughout the year!

At DonorsChoose.org, donors can choose from a list or projects to fund, like a group of students in Atlanta whose teacher wants them each to have a copy of the novel Tuck Everlasting so they can read it together.

And here's an old reliable standby: unicef. Their education program reaches kids around the globe. Donors can send 50 notebooks and 50 pencils, for example, or educational books for kids who need them. Or a durable soccer ball and air pump. You can even donate $200 to help offset the cost of frieght.

A final way to donate, and it's pretty addicting: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is partnering with Disney to get supplies into kids' hands (and desks!). From now until September 30, you can play an online pop-quiz game (don't worry, you'll do fine!), and for each correct answer Disney will donate supplies to a Club member. Up to 15,500 supplies!

Let's get all our kids back to school with the basics they need!

 

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