One of the highlights of the first week of school is seeing the flood of photos on social media with family and friend’s sharing their children’s first days. A new campaign by Classroom Central and Eric Mower+Associates (EMA) has taken the first-day-of-school pictures that normally flood social media and offered a stark contrast.
Unlike the typical photos of smiling kids proudly holding up signs to commemorate the first day, the philanthropy’s social media campaign features photos of disadvantaged children showcasing troubling statistics.
In one photo, for instance, a frowning boy holds a framed chalkboard that highlights how 50 percent of children in area public schools live in poverty. Those students are seven times more likely to drop out, the sign says.
In turn, they’re three times as likely to be unemployed.
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The poverty level means many teachers spend an average of $500 to $1,000 of their own money each year to provide school supplies for those students. Classroom Central helps further. It provides paper, pencils, folders and other materials to more than 82,000 kids, helping support teachers from 200 schools in six districts.
This year’s goal: supply children with a total of 1.8 million of those basic tools. Every monetary donation is matched by The Leon Levine Foundation.
“National studies show that impoverished children are twice as likely to repeat a grade, get suspended or expelled and, eventually, drop out,” said Karen Calder, Classroom Central’s executive director. “We’re so thankful for the donations this community provides to help combat these compounding problems, and that includes the time and effort EMA volunteered to help raise awareness, help raise money and help us make a difference.”
Help Classroom Central distribute free school supplies by donating to their 2016 School Tools Campaign here.
Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Operating in six school districts and supporting over 200 schools and over 82,000 students, Classroom Central helps level the playing field for our region’s students in need. Since its inception in 2002, Classroom Central has distributed over $47.7 million in school supplies. For more information, visit http://www.classroomcentral.org.