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It’s hard to imagine that the beginning of the new school year is approaching! Even though it seems like my oldest child was born just the other day, she is somehow going into 2nd grade.
As exciting/scary as it is for parents to think about the new school year starting, I know that teachers have a lot of feelings, too!
My mom has been teaching for almost 20 years, and I know she is always excited to head back to work and help her students. I also know that she works tremendously hard during the school year, often putting in 12 hour days. Because she works so hard to teach and mold the next generation, my children and I decided to make her a Teacher’s Survival Gift Basket!
How to Make a Teacher’s Survival Gift Basket
For this Teacher’s Survival Gift Basket, we wanted to include things that would help her (and her fellow English Teachers) survive long days with little break time. I also wanted to select natural ingredients for this basket, because — if you’ve been a follower of this blog — that is kind of what I am all about! My mom is also health-conscious and prefers all natural products because they are good for the environment.
Here’s what I’ve included in her Teacher’s Gift Basket:
- Tom’s of Maine® Long Lasting Deodorant
- Tom’s of Maine® Toothpaste
- Fresh fruit
I included Tom’s of Maine® Deodorant and Toothpaste, because 12 hour days are long! I also love sharing Tom’s of Maine® products with people I know, because they are a truly amazing company. People have been trusting Tom’s of Maine® for 47 years as a company that provides natural personal care and oral care products, free from artificial colors, flavors, fragrances and preservatives. They also donate 10% of their profits to human and environmental goodness, and do not test on animals.
I don’t know if you can be BFFs with a company, but if it were possible, Tom’s of Maine® would be mine!
I honestly believe every dollar I spend sends a message to the world, and I feel great spending my money to support a company that cares about the wellbeing of people and the environment we live in.
You can also recycle all of Tom’s of Maine® packaging through TerraCycle®. Go here to learn more.
Where to Find your Supplies
We took a trip to our local Whole Foods to pick up all of the supplies we needed!
I still remember the first time I walked into Whole Foods – I am pretty sure I cried actual tears, being surrounded by so many healthy and natural products- and the organic, fresh produce was just gorgeous. It’s still my favorite place to shop.
Needless to say, we grabbed everything we needed for our Teacher’s Survival Gift Basket at Whole Foods – including exclusive Tom’s of Maine® products 🙂
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Green Your School for the Greater Good Program
When Whole Foods shoppers choose Tom’s of Maine® ingredients, they’re helping create a $1,000,000 fund that goes to helping schools become more sustainable through DonorsChoose.org. Here’s how it works:
- IMAGINE – Through this amazing program, teachers are able to educate students on green initiatives!
- SUBMIT – teachers can submit their classroom projects and supply requests to DonorsChoose.org.
- FUND – Projects are automatically matched by the Tom’s of Maine® Green Your School Fund, along with anyone who wants to donate to the cause, until the project is fully funded.
- RECEIVE – Once funded, the supplies are delivered straight to schools.
If you make a Teacher’s Survival Gift Basket for any teacher this fall, be sure to use #GreenSchoolFund hashtag to spread the news, and help teachers and schools fund projects and get supplies! If enough of us help spread the word, we can make a significant impact on teachers, schools, students and our community!!