We're thrilled to announce the launching of Project ClassAct, 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 September is Kimberly Manning, an AVID instructor at East Chapel Hill High School, in Chapel Hill. Ms. Manning wants to provide tutorial and test prep support (SAT and ACT) for the 60+ high-risk students in her AVID program. This will help many of them become 1st generation college-goers, providing them with greater career options and overall opportunities to excel.
We're excited to be raising funds for Ms. Manning over the course of the month - and we'd love your help! No matter how large or small, every donation helps further enhance her teaching efforts for her students.
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