As parents, we plan – a lot.
I’m constantly thinking about little A’s future, his education, and how the decisions I make now can greatly affect him later.
He may only be 16-months-old, but I spend a fair amount of time thinking about his education. It is my job, as his mother, to ensure that I do everything possible to provide him with a variety of opportunities. It is every parent’s dream to send their child to the best school, with the best rating, and the highest test scores. But, the truth of the matter is, not every family has access to a school like that.
The Public Education Crisis
Head out to any major city, talk to the people, and public education is bound to come up at some point. Many of our public schools are generating students that are falling behind, and parents are noticing. School officials have scrambled to uncover the reasons for their shortcomings and, despite numerous budget cuts and changes, many schools are discovering a harrowing issue: funding.
Startling new findings show that as many as 1 in 3 public schools in the U.S. are overcrowded. This causes a disproportionate student-teacher ratio that, ultimately, hurts the kids.
The biggest problem in this country is that many of the public-funded schools rely on varied income, like property tax. This results is huge disparity across the states. Schools in locations high in richer families tend to do very well. Then, we find schools, many located in larger cities, that are literally crumbling. This gap in funding could be as wide as over $10,000 per student, which is a terrifying thought to parents in poorer neighborhoods.
But we have the chance to make a difference. Not only that, but we can make a difference where it matters most: our child’s school.
I know you’ve heard of Box Tops for Education. And, I know you might be rolling your eyes right now.
But seriously, you have no idea what your child’s teacher could do with that $0.10. Think about how often you eat Cheerios, or Old El Paso Tacos. Every single box is another dime in the bank account of the school where your child spends a majority of their day.
And now, as a way to kick off the back-to-school season, Walmart is offering FIVE boxtops on select products!
I can already hear the dollar signs.
Seriously, imagine for a second, if every parent was sending in their box tops. Imagine the school your child could attend.
Author: Savannah Baker
Savannah is a full-time mom of one, and can often be found outside on one of her various adventures. She enjoys carving her own path through natural and holistic living, as well as discovering ways to use food as medicine.