Ack! Ronin starts full-day Kindergarten in less than 2 weeks! Back to School time is here!
I can’t believe my first born will be in real school. I’m super anxious about how he’s going to handle it, and since we have so many dietary issues–including peanut allergy and gluten and dairy intolerance–it’ll be interesting having to prepare school lunches every day, and have the time to prepare healthy dinners with all of the extra pick-ups and homework.
The other thing that makes me nervous is knowing that his school, like many others, depends heavily on parent involvement, particularly with fundraising, to have the extra supplies they need to support their quickly growing student population. In fact, Ronin’s school was becoming so crowded this year that they’re having to send half-day Kindergartners to another school. And even then, the student numbers are quite high, and we’re already seeing emails from the PTA about upcoming fundraisers.
So I was really happy to learn about two easy ways that parents can raise extra funds for their schools, simply by shopping for products we know and love. And in the process, I can pick up great foods that work with Ronin’s allergies and that are simple and quick to prepare. That helps my anxiety immensely.
So how can you easily raise money for your children’s school?
With Tyson Project A+ and Safeway Back to School Programs
Tyson Project A+ is a simply way to support your school.
First step is to visit the Tyson Project A+ web site to look up your school. If you’re school is already enrolled in the program you’re all set. But if you can’t find your school, like me, you simply enroll them online.
Next step is to visit participating stores to shop from 40 products with the Tyson Project A+ label. They were easy for me to find in the freezer section at my local Safeway. And it was awesome to see so much variety, including gluten-free choices for my family. Last step is to clip the labels as shown above and mail them in to Tyson. You will need to fill out a form available for download online and submit a minimum of 100 labels. Your school will receive 24 cents per label. I think at that rate it is totally worth the effort. Your school will be able to use the money in any way they need, like art supplies, athletic equipment, instruments, school tips and activities.
Safeway Back to School Program is another easy way to raise money for your school.
Simply visit the Safeway Back to School web site and register at escrip.com. To register, you’ll need to provide your Safeway Club Card number and the debit or credit card numbers with which you typically shop. Once you do that, its as easy as purchasing products that show the Safeway Back to School label–like these Tyson Grilled & Ready Southwestern Style Chicken Strips.
Your school will then automatically get 10%. No extra work for you, which is awesome! You can choose from many items at participating Safeway stores including Tyson products, but also many more. I saw the label all over the store on non-food items like wipes for example, and snacks like these awesome Skylanders single serve snack bags. I’m bummed I couldn’t pick up these up for my Skylanders-obsessed kids since they contain gluten.
But I think its awesome, and so simple. Makes me feel great to be able to buy foods for my family so easily AND give back to Ronin’s school. And speaking of foods…
After shopping at Safeway and heading home with my groceries, including some awesome Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken, I made a super simple and delicious dinner for me and my kids. (John was working late!) It was as easy and throwing the chicken in a non-stick pan and sauteing for about 5 minutes.
For me, a salad with Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips, Rainbow Chard, fresh tomatoes from my friend’s garden and avocado. YUM!
For the kids, who aren’t really salad lovers (they’re food purists), I made Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips, sweet potato fries, tomatoes and avocado. So easy and delicious. Ronin was excited to try “the new chicken” and after taking his first bit said, “This is good!” After John got home he tried some as well over broccoli and thought it was delicious.
So are you excited for Back to School?