Last week I kicked off my PTA duties by assembling 70+ “First Day Survival Kits” for the teachers at the elementary school. This was a super easy, inexpensive project that the teachers loved! But even if you don’t have kids in school, I think this “survival” themed project would be fun for anyone who could use a little pick-me-up.
Since the theme for the school year at the elementary is “Learning Safari, Destination Success” I thought the “survival” theme would work perfectly and created a safari-themed label which loosely mimics the “Survivor” logo.
Inside each bag was a variety of goodies. . .
. . . and a note which explained each item’s “meaning.”
Using a paper bag was my last choice, but I struggled to find a container/bag/box that was affordable, could be bought in bulk, AND looked cute. If I would have thought of it sooner I think I would have used plain Chinese takeout boxes. But in the end with my time crunch and lack of local resources–the paper lunch bags worked.
The day before school started I knew most of the teachers would be working in their classrooms so I loaded up our little red wagon with goodie bags and kids, and set out to make door-to-door classroom deliveries. The teachers were grateful for the gift and while it was a fairly small effort (and cost) on our end, it was a nice way for the PTA to show we care and are thinking about them as they kick off a new school year.
(BONUS: It was also a good way to teach my kids a social lesson on how to introduce themselves to new people, and they were pros by the time our deliveries were made!)
After I made the kits a few people asked about the cost of assembling them. . . . Since I was making so many I did some shopping around to find the best prices and take advantage of all the school supply sales. I also bought a few things in bulk at Sam’s Club and Staples. It ended up costing just under $2 per bag. The pack of gum was the most expensive part–about $0.70 of that $2.
If I was to do this project again and create just one bag instead of 70, I think I would have gotten a bit more generous–maybe by including the entire pack of highlighters, pens, Post-its, etc. instead of just one, or even a gift card for a pedicure or a favorite restaurant. Because some days a little break is the best way to “survive.” Maybe next year. For just one teacher :).
Do you know a special teacher who deserves a “survival kit” of her own?
Or maybe a mommy friend who could use a pick-me-up? I’m pretty sure a “survival kit” filled with Diet Dr. Pepper and chocolate would help me on a day when my house feels like a zoo! (Though, admittedly, this is most days.)
This project is for personal use only, please. If you love it, please send your friends on over this way!
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