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 February is Mrs. Jamie Gray!
Mrs. Gray is a 1st grade teacher at Hortons Creek Elementary, in Cary, NC, and she wants to create a more diverse, inclusive classroom library for her students. Mrs. Gray understands the need to provide children with books featuring characters of various backgrounds, beliefs, and life experiences, as well as informational text on various ethnic backgrounds and cultures. She wants her kids to have access to text that gives them insight into the lives and experiences of others who aren't like them, to expand their view of the world.
We're excited to be raising funds for Mrs. Gray and her students this month, and we can't wait to stock her new classroom library soon!
No matter how large or small, every donation we receive helps further enhance our adopted teachers' efforts for their students. All donations will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax-deductible.
Thanks for your support!
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