While numerous school systems across the country have returned to in-person classes, many are still providing virtual learning options. As winter moves in and the pandemic continues spreading virtually unchecked throughout the country, there are more remote students than ever before.
With children from elementary to high school learning remotely and many parents furloughed, laid off, or otherwise out of work, making sure that those students have the necessary supplies is falling squarely on the shoulders of the school systems. However, with so many currently affected and fiscal budgets being stretched thin, it can be a little tricky to successfully ensure that every student has what they need.
With that in mind, here’s a few great tips that may help keep your supply closets stocked with what your students need and help you find out the right wholesale school supplies.
Get the Word Out
As we said above, there are a lot of parents out of work right now but there are likely also those in your district that are still gainfully employed full-time and many of them will probably be more than happy to help where they can. However, they need to know about the situation and exactly which supplies are in demand.
Start by taking the time to create an Amazon account for the school and create a publicly shared ‘Wish List’ and name it appropriately, egd Grade 6 Supplies’ or ‘Supplies for Mrs. Jones Class.’ At that point, you can begin adding supplies to the list by simply clicking the ‘Add to List’ dropdown menu below the ‘Add to Cart’ and ‘Buy Now’ buttons on the individual product pages.
However, you should note that this will only add one item and you’ll need to go to the Wish List to edit the requested quantities. Lastly, be sure to click the ‘Send list to others,’ copy the link and share it on social media, via email, and perhaps even a letter home to parents. In these trying times, there are a lot of people willing and able to help, they just need to know what they can do.
A Great Way to Save Time & Money
While the above tip can indeed be beneficial, it’s also more than a little time-consuming. For those needing to help outfit entire classes, schools, and even districts, purchasing bulk supplies is a great way to get what you need without big chain markups.
Sites like Bags in Bulk offer all of the school supplies you need for pennies on the dollar. From paper to staplers and crayons to hand sanitizers, you can get everything at wholesale prices.
The 18 piece Remote Leaning Kit is perfect and for as low as $2.10 per kit, each student receives the following:
- 2 #2 pencils
- 1 pencil sharpener
- 2 pink erasers
- 3 pens (red/black/blue)
- 1 highlighter
- 1 six-inch ruler
- 1 pencil case
- 2 glue sticks
- 1 five-inch blunt tip pair of scissors
- 4 crayons
There are also other school supply kits available with varied quantities and supplies, but the wholesale prices these types of suppliers provide means that schools can quickly and affordably procure the exact supplies needed for their remote students.