In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, teachers, parents, and students across the country were left scrambling to make do with what little supplies they could muster.
Here’s how to pack your school bus.
The bags are filled with items like pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, and paper.
You can even get creative with what you can pack inside.
“I was kind of frustrated that I didn’t have pencils in the bus, so I took out a few of the notebooks and pencils and put them inside of the backpack,” said Melissa Miller, a third-year elementary school teacher at Fort Washington Elementary School in Virginia.
Miller, who was in the middle of packing her classroom, was able to get her classroom’s supplies from the local Salvation Army store.
“It was kind like, this is what I need.
It was very useful.”
It’s important to note that not all school supplies are the same.
For example, you can’t always get the most useful supplies, Miller said.
For instance, a lot of teachers have notebooks and pens and pens are great, but sometimes a teacher might not have a pencil in their bag.
“They might not even have a notebook at all,” she said.
“But the pencils are a great substitute.”
The items on the bags are not essential, but they are helpful to get things organized.
Here are some things you can add to your backpack to make it even more useful.
If you’re a parent, Miller advises parents to use a pen to make sure their child has everything they need to learn and work through the day.
You might be surprised by how much easier it is to study in your backpack than you do at home.
For more tips and resources, see our School Bus Pack Guide.
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