Most kids don’t love school. They have to wake up early, do homework during the night and take tests during the day. For some kids, however, school anxieties can be a lot more serious.
According to a press release from the United Way of Greater Toledo, “More than 70 percent of children entering kindergarten in Toledo are physically, emotionally and academically unprepared,” slowing their track to educational success.
The United Way of Greater Toledo also reports that 2,200 TPS student are currently homeless, and nearly 65 percent of Toledo Public School (TPS) students qualify for free and reduced lunch— often making school the only place where they receive a meal.
Since many children are unable to purchase basic school supplies, the United Way of Greater Toledo wants to help. As part of the 98th United Way Campaign Kick-Off, more than 5,000 backpacks will be filled with essential school supplies and donated to local students to give them everything they need to succeed in the classroom.
These backpacks are one way the United Way is helping to increase rates of school attendance, class attentiveness, test scores, and graduation rates.
“In the past, we’ve kept our Campaign Kick-Off and Days of Caring events separate from one another,” said United Way President and CEO Karen Mathison. “But this year, we’re combining the two, because students in our region desperately need these resources to start their school year off right.”
Volunteers who would like to help fill backpacks during United Way’s Kick-Off to Caring Event can come to the Huntington Center on Thursday, July 21 from 8-9am.
To register, or simply donate supplies, visit unitedwaytoledo.org/KOC16.
United Way’s community partners— PNC, Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois, The Andersons and The Salvation Army— are help making the event possible. PNC will also be matching all donations made to the event, up to $15,000, via PNC’s Matching Challenge Grant.
8am Thursday, July 21. | Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. | 419-255-3300 | unitedwaytoledo.org/KOC16