Today, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 the Hillsborough Education Foundation surprised teachers and students in 500 classrooms in 22 different Hillsborough County Public (HCPS) Title I schools with school supplies thanks to a recent donation from Yoobi, a vibrant new school supply brand designed to make learning fun while also giving back.
eNox Media delivered 24 boxes of the much-needed school supplies to W.B. Dickenson Elementary School. The students, teachers, and administration were absolutely surprised and thrilled as we visited each classroom.
For every Yoobi item purchased at Target, Yoobi contributes an item to a Classroom Pack. The Classroom Packs are then distributed through the Kids In Need Foundation’s nationwide network of affiliate resource centers, like the Foundation’s Teaching Tools Store. The Teaching Tools Store will donate a total of 1,308 Yoobi Classroom Packs to K-3rd grade HCPS Title I classrooms throughout October and November.
A lack of access to school supplies is a fundamental issue for students and teachers nationwide. Nationally, 92% of teachers purchase classroom supplies out of their own pockets, spending almost $500 on average, totaling a staggering $1.6 billion a year. The Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Teaching Tools Store combats this issue on a local level by providing more than $2 million in free school supplies to Hillsborough County Public School students in need each year. This impactful program allows teachers from 140 Title I schools (schools where more than 60% of the students are considered low-income) to visit the Store once per month to collect free school supplies which they then distribute to their students who need them most.
The Teaching Tools Store is operated through generous community donations and staffed by volunteers. For more information on donating or volunteering please visit www.educationfoundation.com.
eNox Media Creative Director Malcolm Bowen shared, “to be able to participate in this program with my team was a fantastic experience. We can't thank Dr. Randy Feldman of Feldman Orthodontics enough for use of his vehicle and driver today! We sure made great use of the storage capacity for the 24 boxes of school supplies!”