We give supplies to schools, the schools give to kids who need them.
Families can’t always afford to support their students and teachers should not have to buy their students’ supplies. Nationally, K-12 teachers spend approximately $500 per year of their own limited paychecks to provide basic school supplies for children who would not have those supplies otherwise. [1, 2]
While the system needs to be changed, until that systemic change comes, we can still lend a helping hand.
A spiral notebook that costs $2 becomes a journal for a middle schooler to write and reflect in. A pack of pens means a child who is able to keep pace with in-class activities because they didn’t have to ask to borrow from a classmate or the teacher. And we can stand in solidarity with those teachers who regardless of the cost to themselves, still see themselves as the only ones willing and able to take on the responsibility of making sure their students have the resources they need to pursue their education.
You can donate to our School Supply Drive to benefit Urbana schools by dropping off needed items at our office or other locations around campus.
Starting Dec 6 until Dec 14, all donations received will be doubled through a sponsor’s donations in kind or in value.
- NTFC Office, Second Floor, McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St., Champaign
- English Department Rm 211, 608 S. Wright St., Urbana
The Best Supplies to Donate:
- pencils & pens
- flash drives
- markers & highlighters
- dry erase markers
- colored pencils
- zip lock bags
- hand wipes
- “Teachers Spend Hundreds of Dollars a Year on School Supplies.” EdWeek.Org
Educators’ Funding Priorities & Personal Spending. Scholastic.com