The first day of the new school year is still several weeks away, but the Broward Education Foundation’s Tools For Schools effort doesn’t take a break from collecting much needed school supplies to assist underprivileged students.
Beginning July 10, the community can help by donating basic items, such as flat pink erasers, composition books, glue sticks and crayons.
Local businesses, educational institutions, Chambers of Commerce, municipalities and civic organizations are all invited and encouraged to participate.
The donations can mean the difference in a child’s attendance, their self-esteem and ultimately, success in school.
The Tools for Schools Broward store is in Pompano Beach, where teachers from Broward’s Title I schools shop, free of charge, for school supplies for their economically challenged students.
"We are the year-round resource in providing school supplies to students in need," said Shea Ciriago, executive director of Broward Education Foundation. "The number of students that live in poverty and are even homeless in the district is staggering and it is vitally important to equip these students to succeed."
To participate in the Tools for Schools supply drive, to have a collection bin delivered and picked up, to partner with or learn more about Broward Education Foundation, visit browardedfoundation.org/drive or call 754-321-2034.