We're thrilled to announce the launching of Project ClassAct, a new program through which we help fund teachers' classroom needs!
According to the National Retail Federation, American parents spend an average of $700 per year on school supplies during the back-to-school season. Many schools also require additional supplies throughout the course of the academic year.
These costs can often prove to be too much for students from low-income families to meet. This forces many of them to attend school unprepared, which can lead to various social and emotional challenges that place these students at a disadvantage for learning.
Not only are students and their families adversely impacted by the cost of school supplies - teachers are, too. Many public school teachers are woefully underpaid, yet more than 90% of these same teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money on items for their classrooms - without reimbursement.
To help ease the financial strain on both teachers and students, we've launched Project ClassAct. Through the program, we "adopt" one teacher each month and work to help him/her fund all their classroom needs. Whether basic supplies or advanced technology, we're determined to do all we can to enhance the educational experience for as many students as possible.
Our "adopted" teacher for January is Rebecca Javadi, a 2nd grade instructor at Merrick-Moore Elementary School, in Durham. She's previously worked as a behavior specialist with at-risk middle and high school students, and she's taught in Title I schools for 10 years.
Ms. Javadi recognizes just how much her young scholars love to learn, but many of them don't have the home support needed for educational success. So for years, she's worked hard to acquire more learning tools for her students to use. Ms. Javadi remains committed to providing the classroom resources her students so rightfully deserve, and she's determined to help make learning as fun and engaging for them as possible.
Ms. Javadi's tireless devotion to her students inspired us to "adopt" her as our first ever teacher for Project ClassAct, and we can't wait to help her fund her classroom needs and boost her kids' academic success. Over the course of the month, we'll be working to help her achieve her goal of establishing a fully interactive classroom, including obtaining contact paper, easel pads, shelf liners, and other materials to optimize her teaching efforts.
Your generous donation will ensure the teachers we support through Project ClassAct can provide their students with the best education possible. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.
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