Back to school time can be exciting and worrisome, but Frito-Lay Snackable Notes and Marcus Scribner are sharing ways to make back to school filled with positivity.
Can a little note of encouragement change your day? Frito-Lay Snackable Notes and Marcus Scribner believe that back to school should be filled with a lot of positivity. In some ways, just a few words can make that first day, week or even the whole school year start out on a bright path.
As back to school season begins, kids and parents get excited, but also there is a little nervousness involved. Will they like their teachers? Will they know someone in their class? What will be in their lunchbox? In a way, that lunchbox can hold the key to a child’s school year success.
Recently, Marcus Scribner, the actor from BLACK-ish, GROWN-ish, She-RA and other projects, teamed with Frito-Lay Snackable Notes to start the back to school season on a positive note. Their collaboration focused on a simple concept, words of encouragement can make a big impact on a child’s life.
Have you ever written a little note and stuck it in your child’s lunch or backpack as they head off to school? While my older children might think that I’m being a little cheesy, those notes can make a difficult day seem a little brighter. In truth, those few words, a silly drawing or even just a smiley face could be the boost that a child needs in their day.
To launch this program, Scribner and Frito-Lay spent the day handing out some words of encouragement and some tasty snacks. During a break from the event, Scribner graciously answered some questions for FoodSided.
Specifically, I asked, why do you think like these little notes of encouragement can be so important especially for like the first week or two of school?
Scribner said, “I know that growing up my mom would write notes on paper lunch bag for me when I was going to school and it really made me feel safe and comfortable in my new environment and (I knew) that there’s somebody out there who cared about me.”
While my kids might feel a little too old about getting these notes, Scribner mentioned that he thought “it’s funny because like I guarantee once he gets the senior year he’s going to appreciate the note in the lunchbox.” For him, once he got older, “I kind of miss like my mom like putting little notes in my lunch.”
This program isn’t just about bringing smiles to your own children’s lunchboxes and school days. The Frito-Lay Snackable Notes raises funds and awareness about childhood hunger.
Simply stated, words matter. According to Rhasheda Boyd, senior marketing director, Frito-Lay North America, “simple words of encouragement can help improve a student’s self-esteem, perseverance and internal motivation – providing the confidence needed to advance their education and break the cycle of poverty.”
The Snackable Notes program offers both those positive words and a way to combat childhood hunger.
While some students might have overflowing lunch boxes, other students might be left with a lunchbox that is a sparse.
Childhood hunger continues to be a struggle for many communities. Studies have shown that hungry children can under-perform in school.
As Scribner reflected, going back to school can be filled with emotions. He said, “(kids have) new environments, new people to face, new teachers, new classes, besides all the learning and education. There are new social situations that you’re being put in that haven’t been put in before. … You shouldn’t have to worry about whether you’re going to be able to eat your next meal or not.”
This Snackable Note program looks to spread positivity in numerous ways. While the note on the snack bag impacts a child, that same note will have a bigger impact on many children. Now through October 15, “every note written on a Frito-Lay chip bag and submitted at www.SnackableNotes.com, Frito-Lay Variety Packs will make a $1 donation to the anti-hunger organization, supplementing up to two million meals to struggling families.”
Again, childhood hunger is an “everyone situation.” Even Scribner can relate. He mentioned that growing up he used “lunch tickets” at school. Once people address the problem, find viable solutions and spread positivity, school can be a very welcoming place for everyone.
For some people, this program is a good way to start the conservation. Scribner said, “awareness is the first step to solving a problem like Frito-Lay is doing a good job of making people aware.” By being vocal about the issue, people can seek positive changes, no matter the size.
In many ways, Scribner looks to spread “a simple act of kindness can make a world of difference.” From working this campaign with Frito-Lay to the projects that he chooses, each one has a “positive message” and “portray people in a positive light … and give role models to the young kids.”
As this school year starts, both Frito-Lay and Marcus Scribner are wanting everyone to focus on an optimistic year ahead. Through positivity and words of encouragement, everyone can be confident to strive for their best.
What words of words of encouragement do you tell your kids as they go back to school? What was your favorite note that you received in your lunch box?