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12/18/2014 16:21
Every year it's the same thing. The start of school comes like clockwork. With it, comes the inevitable list of school supplies, the need for new clothes (when did those kids grow?) and the search for a new school backpack. In my grade school days, we didn't have backpacks. No real need. Books stayed at school and homework was mostly work sheets we could carry home. It was high school before we really needed a backpack. The color choices were simple then: black, navy, midnight and the occasional red. Now there are so many colors and brands to choose from, it can make backpack shopping a real adventure.

#2 Pencils- Pencils will be needed for class so students can complete their assignments and bubble in their answers when taking a test. (Parents may want to check with the teachers to see if mechanical pencils are allowed).

Travelers multi-task when arriving at destinations and exploring. Looking at street signs, maps, landmarks, etc. keeps us busy. Having to stop and put luggage down to free up hands can be frustrating. Hands free luggage is fantastic when possible. Consider luggage that converts to a mens backpack if transporting luggage through unknown territory.

When you are at the school supply store, give some thought to those who do not have the ability to buy clothes, books, folders and backpacks. There are many families who are struggling just to feed their children. Buying school supplies is difficult and sometimes an impossibility. Teachers often have to purchase classroom supplies on their own. Not every school is able to provide enough to satisfy the needs. If you can help students and teachers in any way, you will find there really are benefits to giving. Following are a few different ways you can contribute.

Insurance: Travel insurance is important in case anything is lost or stolen. Another insurance you will want to check into is medical insurance. First, call your insurance company to see if your plan covers you overseas. Ask about medical emergencies and evacuations. Carry the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs phone number with you at all times while you are studying abroad. You never know when you could be useful. The number is 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, and 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas. You will need to add the international country code to dial America.

Amy and I munch loudly in the natural stillness. It's the silence that allows you to finally hear what every other animal must hear, every insect, as they go about their business in the absence of human activity. It feels as old as the earth and indifferent as the mountain itself.

When people think of students dreading the upcoming school year, they usually laugh it off because many times, the dread is all about having to do homework and "wasting time" in the classroom when they would rather be playing. But many kids are dreading school because they can't afford the clothes and supplies they need or they are struggling with a subject and anxiety overtakes them. If you can help by donating time, school supplies or money, you will find that making others happy in this way makes you a happier person, too.