While it is challenging to directly attribute grade-level improvements to school supplies, research studies and our own interviews and testimonials have shown that it helps with student confidence, turning in assignments and homework on time, participation in class, and higher attendance.
We survey schools to determine the needs of their K-12 students, along with the numbers and types of items required. To date, we have been able to meet 100% of their requests. The pandemic has compelled us to relook at the impact of our funding. In our community needs assessments and new agreements with partners, we are increasing our data gathering and interpretation efforts.
We have formed a unique relationship with the Jewish community to secure donations to meet schooling needs. Our annual “Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt” fundraiser brings the two communities together through a blending of food and music. We also invite families and performers from other ethnicities to participate in our annual gala and now virtual events.