Back to School

Helpful tips for making the start of this year's back to school season successful.

There is only one time of year that is more financally stress-enducing for parents than Christmas: Back to School season. One of my favorite retailers had the Back to School displays up on July 5th. If that is not pressure enough, according to Good Morning America last week parents are anticipated to spend an average of $230-some odd dollars on back to school materials. PER CHILD! Wait...what? $230 per child? I have three children, and I DO NOT HAVE $690 in back to school money. Who did this math anyway? Now we all want our children to start school confident and successful with everything they need, but sometimes our financial situation doesn't support this desire completely. Luckily Oakland has a wealth of resources designed to support parents during the back to school season. I don't know about them all, but here are a few to consider.

Disclaimer: The supplies are offered by indendent orginizations and suppiles are limited. For more information please contact the sponsoring orginization.

If you know about one that is not listed here add it to the comments section, we need all the help we can get.

The H.U.G.S Foundation Back to School Backpack Giveaway

Saturday August 6, 2016

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Youth Uprising

8711 MacArthur Blvd

Children's Home Society of California, Pull up Your Pants Barbershop & Eastmont Library Present:

A Back to School Reading Celebration. (Clothing closet, school supplies giveaway, free haircuts for children*)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Eastmont Library Children's Area

* For for information about Children's Haircuts please contact the children's librarian at the Eastmont Library*

Roots Community Health Center Back to School Health and Resource Fair (Giveaways include: backpacks, diapers, booster seats and natural soap)

Saturday August 13, 2016

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2700 International Blvd. (Fruitvale) @ Roots Pediatrics Clinic

Questions? Call 510-777-1177

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Back to School Shoe Giveaway (giving away new shoes and backpacks)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Oracle Arena & Oakland Alameda Coliseum