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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.
If you'd like to become a Project ClassAct sponsor, please review our sponsorship packet below for more info:
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. Our EIN (tax ID) is 81-4262845.
Thanks for your support!
Rebecca Javadi, 2nd grade instructor -
Merrick-Moore Elementary School, Durham
Kelly Canady, 3rd grade instructor -
Southwest Elementary School, Durham
Click here to browse through the Project ClassAct collection in our online store.
All proceeds exclusively support all the teachers and students we've "adopted"!
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