Educational Empowerment

Educational Empowerment

From Keith Worland

R Empowerment is raising money to give 124 students the supplies they need to go back to school. For $20.17 your donation will send one child back to school with a book bag full of supplies.

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For students whose families cannot afford supplies, coming to school unprepared can create social and emotional challenges, in addition to putting kids at a disadvantage for learning.  According to The Huntington Backpack Index, an annual barometer of school supply and related expenses, developed in collaboration with Communities In Schools, a national nonprofit supporting at-risk students in K-12 public schools, estimated what parents could expect to pay this year per child:

  • $1,017 for elementary school supplies, extracurricular fees, and technology
  • $1,277 for middle school supplies, extracurricular fees, and technology
  • $1,668 for high school supplies, extracurricular fees, and technology

“When you’re talking about, even at a low end, $1,000 out of pocket, for really any family it’s quite an expense, and if you think about our families who are living at the poverty line or below, this is really significant,” says Heather Clawson, Ph.D., chief program and innovation officer at Communities in Schools. “Many families are not single-child households. They have multiple children, so compound that cost by two, three, or four kids spanning across K through 12, you’re talking about a couple of mortgage or rent payments potentially, and money that would otherwise pay for food or to pay the electric bill.” 

Parents either have to choose between paying rent or sending their child to school with the proper supplies. Ether choice is bad, parents either don't have the money to pay rent or it puts the student at an educational disadvantage starting on the first day of school.   

You can start a low-income student's educational journey right by providing them with the tools they need to succeed in school. Donate today!  

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