Why School Supply Drives are a Year-round Initiative

Back to School is as much a part of summer as ice cream and fireworks, but there are many other events and ways to support education throughout the year.  And doing so is more important than ever.

 

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January 17, 2020 by Scott Goldberg

A lot of donors think of school supply drives as something that only takes place in August.  But many nonprofits supporting education know we can't wait until summer to get our students the things they need. We need to make school supplies a priority all year.  Here’s why…

94% of teachers spend their own money on school supplies with an average annual spend per teacher of $479.  Despite that, over 15 MILLION kids start the school year without any supplies.

Even worse, $479 per teacher still falls far short of the need. In 2016-17, the average cost of school supplies + other school-related expenses was $662/student for elementary schoolers, $1001/student for middle schoolers, and $1500/student for high schoolers.

When a kid faces the prospect of going to school without supplies, there’s a higher likelihood of chronic absenteeism, defined as missing over 15 days of school.  Nearly 8 million K-12 students (16% overall) missed 15+ days of school in 2015-16, and the outcomes of that should be alarming:

  • There’s a 4x likelihood of dropping out of H.S. if chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten or 1st grade
  • And a 7x likelihood of dropping out if chronically absent any one year between 8th-12th grade

Fortunately there are many leaders taking charge of solutions.  Education and supply drives are no longer something relegated to the end of the summer, and we’re here to help you support these initiatives.  Events throughout the year are becoming more focused and specialized, as you’ll see from the following list...

For World Read Aloud Day on February 5th, International Book Giving Day on February 14th, and International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd try out this wishlist: https://go.rightgift.com/BookDriveforKids

Also, National Read Across America Day (also known as Dr. Seuss Day) is March 2nd and we have a great list to go along with it: https://go.rightgift.com/DrSeussDay

February is Black History Month and we have an excellent list of books to help educate students: https://go.rightgift.com/BlackHistoryMonth 

And March is National Women’s History Month: https://go.rightgift.com/NationalWomensHistoryMonth

For National Pencil Day on March 30th (https://go.rightgift.com/NationalPencilDay) and National Crayon Day on March 31st (https://go.rightgift.com/NationalCrayonDay), help supply our classrooms with the most basic necessities of all.  

With Teacher Appreciation Week May 5th-8th we can say thanks by reducing their financial burden to equip their students with the following list: https://go.rightgift.com/GeneralSchoolSupplies

Do you have other ideas on wishlist campaigns to rally support for our students?  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@rightgift.com.

Thanks!

Topics: gifts-in-kind, campaign management, fundraising

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