By Josh McIntyre

Big box store checkout lines are longer, rush hour traffic has doubled and, if you’re a parent, your wallet may be a bit lighter. That’s right, back-to-school season is upon us, and the North Carolina Bar Association is here to help.

Our Member Discount program with Office Depot means members get contract pricing on almost everything in the store, including items on that long list of school supplies from your child’s teacher. Prices are often discounted up to 40 percent, and members can order online through a dedicated NCBA webpage or in person with their NCBA Store Purchasing Card. This card is stored automatically in the Member Benefits App, and the membership department can also mail a physical card to any member who requests it. We hope this program helps get you what you need for the classroom. Meanwhile, the NCBA is getting in the classroom, too!

Every year NCBA members from around the state volunteer with the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Lawyers4Literacy (L4L) program, spending  time in cooperation with local elementary school educators to help improve student reading skills. More readers are always needed, but so are book supplies. You can learn more and get involved here.  Tomorrow, on Sept. 8, L4L is hosting a one-day fund drive in conjunction with World Literacy Day. To donate, click here and select the L4L donation button.

The effort to reach students doesn’t stop with those in grade school. Leadership from the NCBA executive team, the Law Student Division and the membership committee just finished a round of visits to all of the law schools in North Carolina. Words of welcome and encouragement were shared with first-year law students along with offers of resource and networking throughout the year. The Law Student Division offers membership to any student attending an ABA-accredited law school nationwide and hosts several service and social functions annually.

As you can see, the NCBA is certainly not too cool for school. In fact, we are embracing this busy season for so many of our members, and whether it’s through saving parents money, educating children in the classroom or investing in the future of our legal profession, we hope you’ll find the benefit that suits you!