Four Ways to Give Back to Deserving Teachers and Organizations This School Year with Amazon

This post is in sponsorship with Amazon and I’m so excited to partner with them on such a great project!

We come from a family of teachers. Brian’s mom was one, his two sisters and my oldest brother are currently teaching. Our girls have also had incredible teachers who have taught them so much. We know the work they put in and appreciate all that they do, especially during this year’s unusual circumstances.

Like many, we will be starting this school year in distance learning. However, Ava has the unique opportunity to be in the same first grade classroom as her kindergarten year. Which means, same teacher and pretty much same classmates. Last school year, when distance learning took effect in March, her amazing teacher went above and beyond with the virtual lessons and gave Ava a wonderful classroom-at-home experience. We had such a great routine and it’s reassuring to be entering distance learning with something familiar.

We are grateful for our teachers and want nothing more than to celebrate and give back to them. That is why I’m excited to partner with Amazon to give back to deserving teachers and organizations on the heels of an unprecedented school year. Teachers will be faced with finding new ways to adapt as they get ready for the year ahead and the last thing they should have to worry about is getting necessary supplies. Below are four great ways to give back to deserving teachers and organizations this school year, thanks to Amazon.

#ClearTheList with Amazon Wish Lists

#ClearTheList is an organic social media movement that encourages customers to give back to teachers by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish Lists. I love this movement and encourage you guys to head to my Instagram post and to submit Wish Lists from your favorite teachers in the comments. You never know whose paying attention!

If you’re a teacher and want to create your own Amazon Wish List, you can get started by visiting and clicking on “Create a List.” From there, it’s easy to share the link with others. Customers who purchase items from your Amazon Wish List can have them sent directly to you (the Wish List owner).

AmazonSmile Charity Lists

You can shop AmazonSmile Charity Lists and easily donate items of need to charities with AmazonSmile Charity Lists. Charity Lists give non-profits an easy way to create lists while providing a convenient way for you to donate needed items directly to the charity of your choice with the reassurance that the list is managed by the charity. You can shop thousands of Charity Lists – and you can even search for education-specific charities – by visiting


In case you don’t know about AmazonSmile, it’s a simple way for you to support your favorite charity every time you shop with Amazon, at no extra cost. Customers who shop at will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible items to the charity they choose. Customers can select from over a million charities that they can give back to, including more than 150,000 eligible education-related charities like schools and PTA’s. We use AmazonSmile to donate to our school’s PTA.

Thanks to AmazonSmile, you can give back while checking off your school shopping list. Simply start your school shopping at – a convenient, one-stop shop for all of your school needs, no matter where you’re learning this year.

Donations with Alexa

Customers who wish to make a monetary donation to the charity of their choice can do so with any Alexa-enabled device. Simply say, “Alexa, I want to make a donation” to get started.

This school year is going to look different for many of us. Supporting our teachers and those who need it most during this challenging time is something we can all get behind.

Our classroom will be right behind us in the dining room!

Our classroom will be right behind us in the dining room!

And also a reminder to give ourselves some grace because we are all trying our best. Good luck with your first day of school!


Sweetest Regards, Patti