FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mendham, N.J., July 9 – Even as adults, most of us can remember the feelings around the first day of school: the brilliant sunlight of a fall morning; the crisp, new outfit chosen with care; the sharp points of freshly sharpened pencils; the nerves as the bus rounds the corner. But, does everyone experience this sense of an exciting, fresh beginning?
Unfortunately, for low income and homeless kids the experience is vastly different. Already at a disadvantage in so many ways, these kids face the start of a new school year with apprehension, and with good reason. Kids from low income homes are more likely to:
- start school with limited language skills
- be chronically absent from school
- have less parental support with homework
- lack basic necessities like food, clothing, healthcare & housing
- are five times more likely to drop out of school than students from higher income families
Sadly, we're talking about lots of kids. The National School Lunch Program provides meals to more than 30 million children on an average day. That’s 30 million children who will start this school year wondering if other kids will notice their lack of school supplies rather than ready to tackle learning.
Think about what it would mean for these kids to start the school year off with the tools they need to succeed in school. Corporations invested in corporate social responsibility are poised to make a big difference in local communities across the country. When employees ban together the impact is exponential. Not sure if a school supply drive is right for your company? Check out our article on Tips for Running a School Supply Drive. And, here’s four good reasons to run a corporate school supply drive:
- boost self-esteem
- promote learning
- improve academic performance
- help keep kids in school
Education and poverty are complexly tangled.1 By giving kids the tools they need to succeed in school your company can keep kids on track to receive the education that can help lift them up. The gift of fully stocked school supplies can give these kids the spark they need to approach school and even their futures with optimism and hope.
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