It’s back to school time! We all know what that means, back to school shopping is in full swing. New clothes, supplies and friends lay ahead for what we all hope is our best year yet. (Disclaimer: Modern Mom Life was invited to a meet and great event sponsored by Staples. This is not a sponsored post).
Except when it’s hard to make ends meet and new school supplies are at the bottom of the list of needs.
That’s where Staples® and former Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware stepped in. Earlier this week, students from local Dallas schools were surprised in the best way. They were treated to Staples gift cards and the opportunity to pick out their new school supplies and backpacks with former NFL player DeMarcus Ware. How amazing is that?
An Interview with DeMarcus Ware
Modern Mom Life contributor Jackie Boog sat down with DeMarcus Ware, a nine time pro-bowler and Dad of two. Read more below.
Why should parents shop at Staples®?
Ware said, “Because they make it a lot easier. When you come in they have the supplies that the students need right there. When you go to other places you can be scrambling around, but Staples® makes it easy, I always go to the red shirts.”
What can you tell us about the “Student Shopping Experience”?
“Well it’s a surprise. DonorsChoose.org will be giving them gift cards and teachers will be receiving a check for their initiatives. They can go through the whole store and go shopping. I’m actually going to get one of those nice backpacks on and help the kids fill up their backpacks. It’s a treat to use your foundation in football to show them that if you don’t have a great education you won’t be able to play professional sports or go far in life.” Stated Ware. (Note: This interview was held before the big surprise.)
On Teaching His Kids to Give Back
When asked how DeMarcus balanced parenting and his career he replied, “I usually take the kids with me almost everywhere I go. Sometimes I take them to the appearances to let them see there are underprivileged kids out there and you are very privileged to have the things you have. That’s why I take them every year to a Staples® and we go get all the supplies for underprivileged kids and let them give them the supplies so they see how important it is.
What was your favorite thing about back to school when you were a kid?
“Actually my outfit was my favorite thing about back to school. My first day of school outfit! I would sleep with my outfit right next to me. I know I’m cool with my new outfit. And my backpack, I want a cool backpack because I know I’m going to have it all year. I would put all my stickers on it, I know I’m going back to the old days,” Grinned Ware.
Learn more about Staples for Students
Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the supplies needed to achieve success in education. DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students needs, and donors give to the projects that inspire them.
As a former teacher and huge sports fan this event gave me all the feels. Seeing teachers surprised with a check for their classrooms and treated to a meet and greet with Super Bowl LII champion DeMarcus Ware was incredibly special. Teaching isn’t a career you choose for great acknowledgement but when you are recognized it makes such an impact. Watching families choose supplies with smiles on their faces reminded me how simple things such as shopping for school supplies can be a moment that has the possibility to set students up for success.
Jackie Boog lives in Prosper, TX with her firefighter husband and two young daughters. Jackie graduated from The University of North Texas and received her Masters from Concordia University. She was an elementary school teacher for 10 years before becoming a full time stay at home mom. She now spends her days making lunches and kissing boo-boos.