It’s that time of year. Again. I’m about 3 weeks away from the Zohrchildren’s return to school. It’s a mixed bag of emotions for me. Anxiety, fear, excitement, relief, and exhaustion. Wait, is exhaustion an emotion? No? Okay then, scratch that one.
They’ll be plenty of opportunities for me to celebrate the positive things about school, i.e., not being eaten out of house and home all summer, non-sticky floors when I get home; and plenty of time to complain about the problems which will inevitably ensue…like the alarm clock malfunctions, the homework fiascos and school project deadlines, among other things.
Today, dear readers, I’d like to start a campaign.
The cost of School Supplies and School Uniforms affects many families every year. It’s likely that someone you know is affected by the stresses of SS&SU. You might be thinking, “Yeah, but what could I do to help?” The answer is simple. Let’s make a difference in the lives of a few (er, um, several) children as a token of our understanding of the vastness of this problem. For just pennies a day, you too can make a difference in the life of a child.
Little B, for example, has feet that have grown two sizes since May. He needs good shoes so that he can run and play on the playground until the bell rings, and then run from the teachers to hide behind a tree. He’s also gotten a little chunky over the summer, so we might have to spring for the husky sizes, which always cost a few bucks extra. Little A is now taller than her older brother, and her pants from last year are now all capris. And they don’t button. Teen C has filled out a little, and has hips where once there were none. She can’t get last year’s pants past her knees. Big E now requires pants and shirts from the Big (Not so much) and TALL (Yes, please, thank you) section. He’s also in need of size “boat” shoes.
Then, there’s supplies. This is tricky. Because the school district has a website. On that website, there are lists of supplies by grade levels. If you print these lists out, and buy your supplies in time for open house, then you will arrive with your child’s name plastered all over each individual supply, only to find out that over half of your purchases are useless. In addition, there is an additional $40 worth of crap that they need that wasn’t on the list. Don’t rely on the “lists” provided as a service to its shoppers by Wal-Mart or a similar chain store, for the same reason. It’s a trick. I figure that school supplies and fees will cost me at least $250 this year, easy. Well, not EASY, but you know what I mean.
Altogether, I think the Zohrchildren will cost me at least $800 this year…and keep in mind, dear readers, that we are in public school here. So this is the cost for their “free and appropriate” education. It’s times like these that Zohrhubby and I secretly wish that a couple of these kids were from a previous marriage or two, whereby the rightful “baby daddy” would have to chip in to cover these costs. But alas, they are all ours.
That’s where you come in, dear readers. For your donation, you will receive a photograph and a letter from the child that you choose to sponsor. You’ll get progress reports from their teachers, and potentially a phone call or two directly from your sponsored child’s principal over the course of the school year. You will be invited to school plays, talent shows, and “lunch with Mom” days. (Just bring along my camera and snap a few shots for me, if you don’t mind.)
Message me for details about how to make your donation today, and make a difference in the life of child.