Baby Got Class with Labels for Education #Labels4Edu #cbias

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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As I packed up the pool toys and folded up the nicely clean beach towels I had to sadly sigh in realization that school is back in session.  This year is different because now I have a big boy attending Pre-K.  Yes, I said it.  Pre-Kindergarten.  I don't think you understand how hard it was to type that out.  While my heart is breaking at the fact that my sweet boy is growing up, I am absolutely thrilled with his new teachers and classroom this year, as is he!  Cohen loves school these days.  He woke up on Saturday and even asked if he was going to school.  It truly comforts me to know that he loves going to school so much even if my heart continues to ache just a little bit with the reality that he is such a big boy now.  But being a teacher myself, there are some things that I really appreciate about his teachers this year and that is their open communication with us about things going on in his classroom.  On the first day of school we received a packet of information about curriculum and lesson plans, a calendar of events for the month and a few other pieces of important information about his school, including their participation in the Labels for Education program.  Basically by clipping labels on participating products I am helping Cohen's school earn points to purchase free items!  It seemed like such an easy way to help support his school even if I wasn't able to be there as often as I wished.  Plus it was a way to help out on my own time even with my current super busy schedule.



Every Sunday I meal prep food for dinners and lunches for our family for the week.  Basically I spend about an hour cutting, slicing, bagging and pouring things out for lunches or meals to make my life less hectic during the week.  My first priority is making a list and heading to the story to stock up on the items I need for my weekly preparations.  If you've been around long enough then you are familiar with the fact that I have a picky eater of a son.  The kid seems to be a creature of habit and only likes to eat the same things for lunch so I always include those on my list as well as a few new items to make sure I at least offer him the opportunity to try to something new.  So as I made my way through Target to grab my items for our weekly meals, I remembered how Cohen's school collects the labels as part of the Labels for Education program.  I was shocked to see how many of the items I normally purchase already have these labels on the back!  It kind of bummed me out to think of how many wasted labels I had thrown out prior to this shopping trip.  But I stocked up on our items and headed home only to raid the pantry and find several more items that had these labels on them.








We've started a keeping a little bag of all our labels and I decided we'd turn them in once a month so his teacher didn't have to deal with random labels here and there.  I also started keeping a list of the products that are part of the Labels for Education program to keep my mom and mother-in-law in the loop so they can save their labels for Cohen too.  I printed off several coupons from the Labels for Education to help me save big on the items my family uses and help us add to our labels bag.  When I was on the website I noticed the Labels for Education Sweepstakes in which 1000 schools can win $1,000!  I'm definitely crossing my fingers for Cohen's school to hopefully win one of the $1,000 prizes.


As much as I wish I could be more involved and hands-on with Cohen's school, my own job just doesn't allow the flexibility and time.  But now that I am aware that his school participates in the Labels for Education program I feel more connected knowing that I can help out by collecting these labels at home on my own time.  Every label counts towards points for his school and while I may not be able to attend every field trip or class party, at least I know I'm doing my part and giving back to his school that we both love so much!


I know buddy.  I am just as shocked that you are this big already.

9 comments:

  1. I didn't realize they were doing this. I'm going to save them starting now! Yay for this program!

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  2. I love easy ways to help give back and labels for education does just that!

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  3. He is such a cutie!! And this initiative with the labels is so great!

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  4. I love easy ways to help out schools, and this sounds like a great program.

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  5. I'm going to have to start checking my stuff for the labels! I've got to start doing the Sunday prep! This back to school is killing me!

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  6. I love programs like this that are geared to help education! Happy back to school season!

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  7. These are simply adorable photos! I love seeing how parents capture the many faces of back to school.
    I will have to check with our school on which label programs are used.

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  8. Labels for Education are such a great way to give back to the schools!

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  9. what a great expression Cohen has on his face in that last photo! Man for me Pre-K seems like a lifetime ago - last week I dropped my 'baby' off at college :) I remember clipping many many Labels for Education for her schools over the years.

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