Aug 15, 2019

Supporting Our Schools Backpack Drive Nears Goal

Classes are starting, and thanks to NBC Bay Area viewers, thousands of Bay Area kids are sporting new backpacks and critical school supplies. Chris Chmura provides an update on our Supporting Our Scho...

  • Aug 18, 2018

    Colorado School District Introduces 4-Day Weeks to Cut Costs

    Hate Mondays? Maybe you should consider moving to Colorado. A school district in the Centennial State has cancelled school on Mondays in favor of a four-day school week. But Garfield-like attitudes is not why school district 27J, located outside Denver, made the decision. The district, which serves 18,000 students in Brighton, Commerce City, Hender...
  • Aug 18, 2018

    US School Districts Weigh Duty to Migrants in Shelters

    When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help. The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and hundreds of computers to make the learning environment resemble one of his schools. Wh...
  • Aug 16, 2018

    How to Ease Kids’ Anxiety About School Safety

    Given the number of high-profile school shootings last year, both children and adults may be feeling anxiety about school safety. As many kids head back to school, knowing how to speak with them is key in helping to alleviate fear and worry about their personal safety. Here’s where to start. Create a sense of normalcy and return to a routine.......
  • Aug 16, 2018

    Is There Such a Thing as a Stress-Free School Lunch? Here’s How to Pack One

    With the school year starting again, it’s time to start to think about the routine of packing school lunches. For many time-pressed parents, this is a formidable task. But it doesn’t need to be. I’m a registered dietitian and a clinical instructor at Georgia State University, and I have a few easy suggestions. The first has to do with the...
  • Aug 11, 2018

    Back-to-School Shopping: How and When to Get the Best Deals

    The summer weather may still be in full force, but fall is definitely in the air, at least when you consider one of the year’s biggest retail events: Back-to-school shopping. Here’s a list of expert tips on how to get the best savings — and navigate the chaos with as little stress as possible. Before heading out, be sure to......
  • Aug 8, 2018

    Back-to-School Supplies Get Revamp, From Scents to Llamas

    The microwave ate my homework? Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads. Also hot in the paper aisle this year: Decorative tape, creative journals and scented pencils in smells like bacon and pickle. “There’s an explosion of innovation and fun...
  • Aug 3, 2018

    ‘A Struggle’: 18 Percent of Teachers Work Multiple Jobs

    Jennifer Williams can’t afford to work just one job. In addition to teaching 10th grade English full time in Baltimore, the single mother works four side jobs, including a waitressing gig on nights and weekends. She also runs her school’s literary magazine, coaches volleyball and supervises the speech and debate team. In the U.S., about 18 percent ...
  • Aug 1, 2018

    Backpack Index: The Cost of School Supplies Dropped Across All Grade Levels

    Back-to-school shopping isn’t getting more expensive for once, according to new survey. The cost of classroom supplies dropped across every grade level ahead of the 2018-19 school year, according to the latest Huntington Backpack Index. While some costs fell, college preparatory material costs increased 10 percent.

  • Jul 30, 2018

    Mom Starts Crayon Recycling Business, Funds School Supplies With the Money

    Megan Tannenbaum first started the “Great Crayon Project” as a means to recycle broken crayons she found at her daughter’s school. What was first meant to be a “cute home project” is now a small business that donates its proceeds to fund school supplies for kids from broken crayons prepped by employees hired from the l...
  • Jul 27, 2018

    #SupportingOurSchools: Non-Profit Donates Supplies

    A non-profit Family Giving Tree has teamed up with local companies to fill up backpacks for low-income students in the Bay Area. NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are working with Family Giving Tree to help collect supplies and funds that will help students and teachers in need.

  • Jul 26, 2018

    Supporting Our Schools: Financial Aid Tips

    Students paying for education are always encouraged to apply for financial aid even if they don’t think they will receive it. Chris Chmura reports.

  • Jul 26, 2018

    Supporting Our Schools: Man’s Drive to Help Thousands of Kids Is Rooted Deep

    It’s almost back to school time for students. NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up with Family Giving Tree for our second annual Supporting Our Schools backpack drive to help students and teachers in need. Chris Chmura reports from the Technology Credit Union in San Jose, where the initiative is taking shape.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    Man Hopes to Deliver Backpacks to Thousands in Need

    One man with Family Giving Tree hopes to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to thousands of Bay Area families in need. Chris Chmura reports.

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