Healthy classroom gifts
With increasingly tight school budgets, many teachers have to use their own money on classroom supplies. At the start of the school year and during cold and flu season, do your child's teacher (and your child) a favor by donating some healthy gifts to their classroom.
It doesn't have to be a holiday or school party for you to volunteer to bring snacks for your child's class. Ask your child's teacher if it would be possible to donate some healthy snacks on a regular basis. Consider options such as fresh fruits, granola, string cheese and whole grain crackers.
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Liquid hand soap
The number one way to fight the spread of germs is through handwashing. And for handwashing, classrooms need plenty of liquid hand soap. Next time you are buying hand soap for your home, buy a couple extra bottles and donate them to your child's classroom. Teach your kids about proper handwashing from a young age. They should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds — paying special attention to nailbeds, underneath nails, in between fingers and on the back of hands. If kids are too young to know how long 20 seconds really is, have them sing or hum through the Happy Birthday song twice while washing their hands.
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Though it's important for kids to wash their hands with warm, soapy water on a regular basis, hand sanitizer is also very helpful. Kids should get in the habit of using it between projects at school or any time they have touched something questionable, but can't get to the sink for proper handwashing. Hand sanitizer is an inexpensive yet important gift that you could donate to your child's classroom.
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In the classroom, it's important to keep surfaces clean and as germ-free as possible. A stash of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes can be a big help. These wipes kill 99.9 percent of germs — including the viruses that cause common colds and flu.
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Tissues are often on back-to-school supply lists, but teachers usually come up short. If you are looking for an affordable and healthy gift to donate to your child's classroom, a few extra boxes of tissues are a great idea.
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Physical education is essential to keep our kids healthy. Unfortunately, many P.E. departments are suffering because of budget cutbacks. Help out your kids' school by donating sports equipment — from balls and gloves to helmets and other protective gear.