This year’s back to school list might look a lot different than in the past, combining basic school items with supplies for proper sanitation to prevent the spread of the virus. Whether a child starts the school year virtually or in-person, it is important to make sure they have the resources needed for success. In order to keep children healthy and focused on learning, Feed the Children offers the following tips on best practices for the new school year:
- Review proper handwashing techniques with students. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleaning your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water is one of the best ways to mitigate the spread of the virus. It is important now more than ever that the youngest children learn and adopt this practice. It is also vital to teach them about proper use of hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible. Feed the Children’s Teacher Store locations will be providing hand sanitizer options for classrooms during this new shopping year.
- Make sure each child has a stock of school supplies just for them. The days of sharing school supplies such as glue, scissors and markers in community projects may be gone for the future school years. Sanitizing each product after each use will be a huge undertaking. By giving each child their own supplies, you can make sure they get the materials they need and help stop the spread. Teacher Store locations will be providing those previous community supplies throughout the school year for teachers to stock up.
- Develop and maintain healthy nutritional habits for students. Boosting a child’s immune system through proper nutrition during COVID-19 can make all the difference. With poor nutrition contributing to chronic illness and a child’s ability to focus in the classroom, it is vital to make sure children are receiving snacks and meals that propel their development. Feed the Children regularly provides teachers with nutritious snacks to distribute to their students throughout the day.
Following current CDC recommendations on large gatherings and social distancing, Feed the Children’s Teacher Store locations in Oklahoma City, Okla., Elkhart, Ind., Bethlehem, Penn., and La Vergne, Tenn., have postponed reopening to after Labor Day. Upon reopening, the stores will institute new safety and sanitation procedures to ensure all patrons feel comfortable as they shop. In the meantime, Feed the Children continues to explore various ways it can reach teachers who need supplies now – outside of them visiting the physical Teacher Store locations. The nonprofit is working with community partners to deliver backpacks and school supplies to thousands of students as well as hosting pop-up Teacher Store locations while following social distancing practices with limited numbers of shoppers in attendance.
For more information about Feed the Children Teacher Store locations, visit its website feedthechildren.org/resources/teacher-store/ or its Facebook page facebook.com/FeedtheChildrenTeacherStore.
About Feed the Children
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.
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