POMPANO BEACH – Elected officials, business and community leaders, and school officials celebrated the contribution of more than $36,000 in school supplies for Broward teachers and their students. The donation will help provide enough supplies for one school year for about 90 teachers from the Broward Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools center. Teachers in Broward’s poorest schools are eligible to shop twice a year at the center for a wide range of items, ranging from pencils, paper and glue, to art supplies, tissues and back packs.
More than 50 local businesses displayed contribution bins in their offices for the month of July to collect school supplies. Major sponsors included the Pride Center at Equality Park, Women In Network, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX), which organized the largest collection drive of all partners in the “Stuff the Bus” event.
The sixth largest school district in the nation, Broward County has more than 172 Title 1 schools, with more than 52 percent of the families struggling to equip their children for the new school year. According to the foundation, teachers spend an average $1,000 of their own personal funds to help equip their classrooms.
For more information, visit browardedfoundation.net.