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 February is Kelly Canady, a 3rd grade instructor at Southwest Elementary School, in Durham. Mrs. Canady is committed to ensuring her students have the appropriate equipment to maximize their learning time. Specifically, she'd like to obtain additional headphones for her students to use when they work on computers or walk on the trail behind their school and listen to podcasts. She'd also like to secure educational board games for them to use during indoor recess.
Over the course of the month, we're looking forward to raising funds for Mrs. Canady, to help her further enhance 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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