Imagine this: it is your first day of school. You look around and spot new backpacks in bright colors, an array of pencils sharpened to perfection, crisp new notebooks and organized binders. Starting school is exciting and you’re eager to learn; yet, you do not have the basic supplies you need to begin the school year.
For some children, having everything needed to succeed in school isn’t a challenge. However, thousands of students in Hillsborough County Public Schools will enter the classroom without a backpack or even a pencil on their first day of school. How can they succeed when they aren’t even equipped to do so?
The Hillsborough Education Foundation is working to eliminate this problem through its Teaching Tools Store, which provides free school supplies year-round to economically disadvantaged students attending Title I schools. At these schools, at least 75 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The Store, which currently serves 140 Title I schools, is managed and operated by the Foundation and staffed by a fleet of volunteers who operate teacher check-in and check-out processes, stock shelves and sort donations. Teachers “shop” in the Store to stock up on free school supplies to bring back to their classrooms to share with their students.
The Foundation needs your help in continuing to provide students with the opportunity to begin the school year with their own backpacks filled with supplies. You can donate individual supplies or host a supply drive at your place of business. For more information on how you can donate or host a supply drive, click here.