pride, how often it harms us.

@savypat (20246)
United States
August 10, 2012 1:02pm CST
Here it is time for school supplies to be brought for all school age children. I want to help those who cannot afford these, but I remember how degrading it was to be a child who had to accept help for what others took for granted. One of the ideas behind school uniforms was all children would look equal, but we knew which children were there on school special programs and they were looked down on. Something is greatly wrong when we pass on our prejudices to our children, that it is wrong to take help when it is offered. That this makes you a lessor human being. The facts are that some children need financial help just to get materials for classes. I am going to talk to the school about how to help.
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@freqspaz (220)
• United States
10 Aug 12
Oh I hated school time, because I never got to get new things, it was all Goodwill clothes and hand-me-down backpacks and stuff. As for as helping I am surprised that your local Walmart or Walgreens isn't doing something. I know when I was living in Kingman, AZ there were always donation boxes at the check-outs to drop in the school stuff you bought, then it would be delivered to either the churches or to the school it's self so that those whom needed it could get the stuff in kinda private. I remember too that one of the grade schools (I was in High school there) would have some one dress up as their school mascot and run around having kids 'win' new back packs and things by answering pop quizzes- kinda like a game show, so that they didn't feel like they were getting a hand out and they believed that they earned it. No one made fun of anyone that way too! (and a funny note, when I started to post my response your # was 14000 even! way to go!!)
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
16 Aug 12
I wondered when that happened, I knew it was coming and forgot to look. I must admit I'm kind of impressed. Thanks for letting me know.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
18 Aug 12
Yes but,is Pride not a wonderful thing to have in your child's life? Without pride would any kid care? If you can't afford to buy new shoes, teach your child make his feet beautiful in old shoes. Teach him to run faster than his well-heeled playmates, and to jump further. Give your child something memorable, so he can be truly impressive, something that will stimulate his Pride!
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
18 Aug 12
I remember that too. Children could be very cruel to the ones that were part of assistance programs or the ones that didn't have the same things as they did. Our society is built on status and it is a shame that people pass that on and on.
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@natliegleb (5184)
• India
11 Aug 12
most of the times it harms us,but it is inevitable as they say,the school example is correct but its natural tendency to be over pride and express vanity in onself and later get hurt about it.but this cannot be accepted in school.you have to discuss with people in school to deal with it
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
10 Aug 12
They have a back to school program here where you can donate backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils and other school supplies to be given to kids who need them. It's nice because I don't always know anyone personally and wouldn't know how to approach them anyway, so just giving to a program and knowing that they will give the children what they need is great. We always had school supplies when I was a kid, but they required a lot less then. I did have to wear patched clothes and so on, and I know it can be difficult, but it didn't really hurt me.
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• United States
10 Aug 12
Your ideas are so true, and it is so sad when kids can't get the needed supplies. Schools no longer provide the items and many parents do not have the necessary funds to buy the extras. What I did when my son was in 1st grade I kept a total of what I spent on his back to school supplies and gave the same dollar amount to his teacher to spend on other children in her class that may have needed things. She was so grateful and it was a great motivator for me. Thank you for thinking and doing for others!
@inertia4 (27775)
• United States
11 Sep 12
I feel bad for the kids that cannot afford things either. It does bother me that other kids or even adults do look down at these people. That is sad. I never looked down on someone. I never judged them if they had less then I did. And there were kids that had more then me. So who was I to say anything. And besides, kids just want to fit in and have fun. I think helping those children is a very nice thing to do.