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It’s back-to-school time! As a mom of two young kids (both boys, 4 and 2) I’m beginning to see how much paper clutter they have. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cute and all however not each piece is ’fridge worthy’ [insert air quotes here]. The below article gives a great solution for pairing down your kid’s schoolwork daily, and also save some pieces for long term. 

I’m also married to a teacher. My husband teaches Adapted PE (PE for kids with disabilities and/or differing needs) in the East Side of San Jose. And, although he doesn’t need supplies I do know how many teachers do. So, if you’re cleaning out your desk drawer and have a bunch of filler paper, crafting supplies, or pens (and the list goes on!), consider reaching out to that teacher neighbor of yours to see if they, or their colleagues, need anything. 

Happy August! I hope your morning commute is as smooth as it was over the summer months. 
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How to organize your kid’s schoolwork

Do you feel like you have a ton of school stuff? Your kids bring home papers, art projects, homework, tests, drawings… (this list will go on & on & on…) Here is an easy system to organize everything that comes home so that you're not overrun by schoolwork!
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Ways to Support
Teachers and Students in Need

Whether you have children in school or not, there are teachers and students near you who need your help. It's no secret that just about all teachers out there purchase supplies for their students out of their own pockets. It can be so incredibly helpful to purchase supplies that are typically needed in a classroom (pencils, notebooks, tissue, glue, etc) and donate them to a local school. If you'd like to help from the convenience of your home, check out one of these great options! is a nonprofit classroom funding site for public school teachers. Educators from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and donors can give any amount to the project that inspires them. 
Find a Classroom to Support

Operation Backpack®

Operation Backpack® connects children in need with a new backpack filled with grade-specific school supplies. But it’s not just about paper, pens, or binders-- it’s about giving the gift of opportunity in school and life that many children will not receive otherwise.

Give a Backpack
Best regards,

Jessica Elix
and the EMPOWER! Professional Organizing team
(650) 279-5033
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