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In less than a month my first born will begin a whole new adventure, as he begins his academic career. I am not ready physically or emotionally for this major life milestone. Like any other good mom, I started a shopping list for “back-to-school”, but where exactly on the list do I put the following items:
* worry about how he will adjust to being in a new environment, in a place where he doesn’t know anyone
* hope that he remembers his manners
* wish for a kind, patient, yet somewhat strict teacher that knows how to have fun, but also takes command of her classroom
* enjoy these last few months of summer, taking extra time out of the day to play and laugh with Xander
I want to pause time here and now. I’m not ready to let go of my baby. In a few weeks, he will spend seven hours of his day creating, learning, and growing. He will make friends, encounter bullies, play games in gym class, pick out books at the school library, and paint in art class. Then he will come home and most likely answer the question, “What did you do in school today?” with a short one word answer, before getting on the floor to play with his brothers. He may even run up to his room to play, demanding he be left alone. The though sends a sharp dagger through my nurturing mama heart. The thought that my boy will no longer need me to be his playmate.
As we venture into the next phase of parenting, I also feel a bit excited. I can’t wait to help Xander learn to read and learn about numbers. I wonder what subjects in school he will excel in and what he will struggle with. Xander will be attending a public elementary school, that offers the core subjects, as well as the specials art, computer, music, and gym.
I am thankful that our county has worked hard to avoid budget cuts in the areas of specials, like other schools in the US, such as KIPP Academy in the Bronx. This small school supports mostly low-income families. Many students at the school receive special education services. The student population at KIPP Academy is facing budget cuts that is threatening to end their much-needed music program.
By shopping for Xander’s school wardrobe for gently used clothing on the website Schoola, I’m helping fund part of the music program. Plus I’m getting great deals on brand name clothing. Join me in helping KIPP Academy continue to enjoy the music. Here’s how:
SHOP: For every transaction that is tracked through this post, Schoola, will donate $1 to KIPP Academy.
DONATE: For every person who requests a Schoola donation bag using this referral code , Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy. Even more exciting, when you donates the clothes and fill out the school information, $2 of every $5 made from the sale of your donated items will go back to the school. Schoola will mail you a postage paid bag to donate your clothes. It’s that easy!
In case you needed any more of a reason to shop or donate to help out KIPP Academy, here is a video of the sweet students that absolutely adore their music program.
Why not get a head on your back-to-school shopping by browsing Schoola or cleaning out your closets and donating your children’s gently used clothing that no longer fit? Stay tuned in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a post of all the adorable outfits I purchased for Xander through Schoola.
Has your local school district faced budget cuts that have impacted your child’s education?