The Back-to-School Supplies You Might Not Think Of

Example of cleaning supplies to donate

By now, you've probably outfitted the students in your family with new fall clothes and the usual notebooks, markers and other back-to-school paraphernalia. But there are additional classroom necessities that you may not have thought of ... cleaning supplies. It's true. Teachers often spend their own money to stock up on products like disinfecting wipes and hand soaps in an effort to keep kids clean and healthy all year long. To help supply your child's classroom with cleaning essentials, follow these tips:

1. Check with the school to make sure it accepts cleaning supplies from parents. Some schools may have a policy against such donations.

2. Deliver the products yourself For safety, an adult should bring the cleaners to the school, not a child.

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3. Confirm that cleaners used in a classroom are stored safely and out of reach of children.

4. Donate what's needed most, Canisters of disinfecting wipes, liquid hand soap, tissues, and paper towels are important to have on hand, not only at the beginning of the school year, but during cold and flu and allergy seasons, too.

-by Carolyn Forte

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