Tuesday, October 15, 2019

3 Items Adoptive and Transracial Families Should Donate to Their Child's School

We've been talking a lot on social media about diversity and inclusion in our kid's classrooms. Today, I'm sharing with you three items you, as a transracial and adoptive family, can donate to your child's school to promote diversity and inclusion.

Now, I'm not saying that these things have healing, magical powers to eradicate racism and adoption-ism issues. NO WAY. Not even close.

What I am saying is that donations are important to schools, and who better to donate items that promote diversity and inclusion than the families who are most affected by these?

You can click on the images to learn more about the suggested products.

1: Skin tone art supplies.

Gone are the days of the two options: peach or brown. (Thankfully!) Crayola makes "multicultural" markers, crayons, and colored pencils. There's also skin tone paper--great for portrait projects--and these skin tone face silhouettes.

2: Skin tone bandages.

Tru-Colour Bandages are our absolute favorite! Created by a dad-by-transracial adoption, these bandages offer three different skin-tones to match the melanin of children of color. (Psssttt--they are also cruelty-free!) We purchased one of each shade, then divided the bandages up into baggies for the kids to give to their teachers and school nurses.

3: Books.

I mean, can you ever have too many books?  Donate to your child's classroom library, the school library, the office (our school office has books for the kids to read while they wait to receive awards or need to speak with the staff). 

Also, volunteer to be a reader in your child's classroom!  (Our school has parents sign up to be mystery readers---which the kids LOVE!) 

Here are some lists, organized by category, to help you choose:

Last night, my daughter asked me to read her our book. Of course I said yes. πŸ“– There’s a poem in it that’s all about her-so she picked that one first. πŸ€“My Santa” is my personal fave-so we read that one, too. πŸŽ…πŸΎ Our book is #poemsforthesmartspunkyandsensationalblackgirl - and we created it together. πŸ’“ 20 poems, all inspired by my daughters. Their experiences, emotions, and dreams. πŸ‘©πŸΎ‍πŸ¦±πŸ‘©πŸΏ‍🦱 Paired with gorgeous, bold, detailed, diverse illustrations by @coilyandcute 🎨 Available wherever books are sold. πŸ“š Do you have a copy yet? πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸΎ . . . #childrensbook #poetry #representationmatters #melanin #multiracialfamily #whitesugarbrownsugar #daughter #mommyandme #bedtime #nightnight #goodnight
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What do you think your child's classroom needs? Ask the teacher how you can support him/her in inclusion and diversity! 

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