Can you believe that we’re starting to talk about back to school already? It seems like the kids just got out of school! But I am going to talk to you today about an important initiative called the Green Your School Fund. What is that you may ask? Tom’s of Maine and DonorsChoose.org have joined forces to give $1 million to support environmental education in classrooms nationwide through this program.
One of the most important things to me as a parent is to make sure that my children are environmentally conscious. That they understand the Earth’s resources are finite and we must do everything we can to conserve, reuse, and recycle whenever possible.
I love that this program will also bring this concept to the classroom. Since 2016, Tom’s of Maine and the Green Your School Fund have helped nearly 300,000 kids tackle hands-on projects that have helped them learn about their impact on the environment and the world.
How do we help?
In our house, reading is very important. We all read every day and our house is full of books. But, sadly, not all children have this luxury in their homes.
I recently came across an article about the inequality of the availability of books between poorer schools and schools in more affluent areas. It was heartbreaking to read. Visiting the school library every week and bringing a book home is something that I and my children have always taken for granted. Having a large public library a block away from our house is also something that we take for granted.
That article hit me in the feels and I knew that I wanted to do something.
That’s when I decided that even though I have a hard time getting rid of books, we were going to get better about donating the ones we no longer want instead of hoarding them.
This week I told Dub that some kids don’t get to read books like he does. He was surprised since he has always had access to an abundance of books. When I asked him if he would like to donate books that he no longer reads to less fortunate kids, he was excited to help.
We have a book donation bin in the parking lot of our local library, so he packed up a bag of books that he wanted to donate and we put them in the box. If you don’t have a book donation box nearby, there are other places you can go to donate your used books.
Places to donate books
- Goodwill or local thrift store
- Retirement communities and nursing homes
- The library
- Local schools
- Programs like Reach Out and Read Colorado
- Homeless shelters
- Women’s shelters
- Donate books to deployed soldiers
- Children’s hospitals
- Daycare centers
- Send them to children and adults in Africa
- Or make a Little Free Library in your neighborhood
Not only do you get books in the hands of people who ordinarily may not have any, you can conserve and recycle what may be unused “trash” from your home. It’s a win-win!
Wicked Cool giveaway!
Help spread the word about #GreenSchoolFund by going back to school smelling naturally fresh! One winner will win a Wicked Cool deodorant prize pack from Tom’s of Maine! To enter you must be 18+ and reside in the US.
All year, Tom’s of Maine gives 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet, so by choosing Tom’s of Maine products, you’re helping create the $1 million fund to help make schools more sustainable through DonorsChoose.org.