According to a recent study, the average family spends $500 on back-to-school costs including supplies, clothing, shoes and backpacks.
For a family already struggling financially, the expense of adequately preparing children for the start of the school year can be a heavy burden. Making sure that all students have the tools to learn on day one sets the tone for the entire year.
United Way of Martin County, Publix Super Markets and a collaborative of community partners, is working toward a long-term goal of providing school supplies for all Martin County elementary and middle-school students available at their school at no cost.Last year, United Way of Martin County provided 8,836 students with 190,005 school supplies saving Martin County families $54,692 in school supply costs.
This year, due to the uncertainty surrounding school openings, the goal is to provide basic supply packs for each student in elementary school. If traditional classroom learning resumes in the fall, the packs will be waiting for each individual child in their classroom. If alternate plans are implemented, each child will be issued supply packs to assist with virtual learning.
The kits will include grade-appropriate items such as glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, paper, notebooks, crayons, pencils, colored pencils and markers.
SUPPORT TOOLS FOR SUCCESS AND ORDER ONLINE
You can easily donate school supplies online by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. The much-needed supplies will be delivered directly to United Way of Martin County.
You can also donate to United Way of Martin County by shopping on Amazon Smile. If you designate “United Way of Martin County, Inc.” as your charity of choice, a portion of any purchase you make at any time will help us carry out our mission to strengthen public education in Martin County.
DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION INSTEAD?
You can also enhance public education in Martin County by making a contribution online instead. Your generous donation will support our mission and programs, which include providing essential school supplies to students in need
For more information, contact Rachel Terlizzi.