Students of All Ages Can Get Ready for Class with Made in America School Supplies

Dalia Batuuka
Intern, AAM

A new school year is already here for many students around the country, while it’s just right around the corner for others. As students (and their parents) prepare themselves for what the new school season will bring, we drew up a quick guide to help find affordable school supplies that students of all ages may need — and in true Alliance for American Manufacturing style, they are also are labeled as made in the United States.

Elementary School

Crayons, Markers and More: A staple in the American grade school experience, Crayola provides kids what they need to make their colorful mark on the school year from markers and colored pencils to of course…crayons! The company has been around for more than 100 years, and still makes 12 million crayons a day at its factory in Easton, Pa.

Pencils: Pre-sharpened and ready to use, Write Dudes USA Gold Premium Cedar No. 2 pencils have an old school flair and are Forest Stewardship Council certified, and even earned a rave review from the folks at Pencil Revolution.

Glue: Elmer's School Glue has been a classroom staple for more than 65 years, as it is washable and non-toxic. Like Crayola's crayons, Elmer's glue is also affordable — you can buy a 4 ounce bottle at retailers like Target for less than a dollar.

Construction Paper: Stock up for all those art projects with brands like Art Street Construction paper, Little Fingers Construction Paper, and Riverside Construction Paper, which are all found at leading retailers and manufactured in the United States by union workers.

Tape: Although tape is one of those supplies that students of all ages likely will use, it's probably a good idea to start stocking up early. The 3M company's Scotch Brand of tapes, from clear tape to more decorative options, continues to be manufactured in the United States.

Junior High/High School

Pens: Forget the pencils and crayons — it's time to whip out the pens. Thankfully, there are several American-made options out there, from the famous Fisher Space Pen to Pilot, which got its start in Japan but now operates a manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Fla.

Notebooks: As students enter the note-taking phase of their education, Mead offers a variety of Made in the U.S.A. products to suit any subject, including the Five Star spiral notebooks that you can pick up at most big box stores. The classic Decomposition Book also is an eco-friendly option that comes in a slew of unique colors and designs. We also are big fans of Chicago-based Field Notes, including its Kraft Memo Books.

Binders: Need to move between several classes in the day? These affordable binders from brands like Wilson Jones and Acco will help keep things organized and your materials all in one place. If you are in the market for something with a more unique design, check out the signature binder collection from Russell and Hazel, which includes a dry erase board in the inside cover and can be personalized with a range of inserts and accessories like to-do lists and calendar sheets.

Protractor: Students taking algebra, trigonometry, calculus and more will likely need one of these essential tools, and Chartpak makes a durable and stylish protractor that is acrylic and transparent tinted.

College/University

Bedding and Linens: Along with notebooks and pens, students heading off to college also are going to need bedding, including for those Twin XL beds popular in many dorm rooms. American Made Dorm & Home offers a wide range of stylish Made in USA comforter sets at a variety of price points, along with accent pillows, shams, curtains and more. The ABC Blanket Company, which we profiled back in June, also is a go-to option, especially for students looking to bring along a fleece or throw for the colder months. 

Bed Risers: Here's a tip from current college students everywhere: You are going to need more storage space. Dorm Smart's bed risers come in both black and white, creating 10 to 13 cubic feet of storage under Twin XL beds.

Storage Bins: Another helpful tip? Invest in heavy duty bins that can keep your stuff tidy, like this American-made Rubbermaid bin with a clear drop-down door to retrieve items. 

Did we miss any of your favorite American-made school supplies? Let us know on Twitter via @KeepitMadeinUSA.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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