I am thrilled to be participating in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for sharing about their back to school tips and supply drive.
School just started back here in most districts here in Alaska. My third born son has joined many of our neighbors by going to a local school this year. The day snuck up on us with not quite everything as ready as we wanted. However, I know that he’s been prepared for the academics through our homeschooling over the last 5 years.
Sadly, 1 million students fail to graduate high school each year. While there are still some jobs to be had that do not have the requirement for a high school diploma, the number of jobs that pay well without one are shrinking. This scary statistic proves it is increasingly important to support today’s youth. And, the earlier in life the better!
For this Back-to-School season, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and long-time partner Disney have launched an online supply drive which ends on September 3, 2013. By simply playing a pop-quiz style game, you can help donate school supplies to local BGCA Clubs. For every five correct answers, a donation of supplies will be made! How awesome is that!
The BGCA website also offers a plethora of educational content for parents as they prepare to send children back to school! Some of the tips are great for even those who are home educating their children. Who couldn’t use tips for time management and goal setting?
One of the suggestions for time management is to maintain a family calendar where it is easily visible for all. For years, I’ve kept the calendar and made sure people got to where they needed to be. However, between shuttling one to and from school each day, homeschooling 3 other boys and working a temporary job which averages 16 hours per week, I know that for everyone to succeed I need to loosen my personal reigns a bit. As an added benefit, I’m hoping that the older boys will become more accountable and independent as well.
If there was busing available from my son’s school to the local Boys & Girls Club, I would seriously consider having him spend some afternoon there. I’ve heard of so many neat clubs available at some locations that he’d love and they often have people there for homework help. If you have a school aged child at home and there’s a Boys & Girls Club in town, it’s definitely worth taking a look!
What are you doing to get ready for school or make the current school year as successful as it can be?