Give Kids Basic School Supplies, Give Them a Future

Join with others who care about our kids' education and help them get the basic school supplies they need.

Kids learn better and teachers teach better when they have the tools they need. But a lot of kids in our area don't even have the basics, like pencils, erasers, crayons and notebooks. The Education Partnership was formed 10 years ago to try and fix that problem, and they need volunteers, which is why they make Day 23 of Sparkt's "25 Days of Volunteering." (Thanks to the Partnership's Facebook page for the photos!)

The non-profit Partnership operates a resource center where they collect and distribute school and classroom supplies at no cost to students and teachers in need. Volunteers do everything from working in the Partnership's "store" on Corliss Street in the West End, to sorting donations, putting together homework kits, taking inventory, and working on creative projects. You can also volunteer to organize a school supply drive to benefit the Partnership.

"There is truly a way for everyone to help." Ruthie Pilarski, Volunteer

Companies and organizations (like PNC, whose employees are pictured above) can get involved in volunteering as a group by joining the Partnership's "adopt a school" program. Organizations that adopt a school raise funds to supply each student with a Power Tools Homework Kit, then come to The Education Partnership's warehouse to build those kits.

The need is great. More than 70,000 students in our region qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. If their families are struggling to afford basic necessities, school supplies like crayons and glue sticks probably don't make the shopping list. Your volunteer hours can make a big difference in a kid's future.

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