Central Florida Homeless Students Get The School Supplies They Need!

Did you know more than half the students in Central Florida cannot afford lunch, let alone school supplies? And in many cases, devoted teachers spend between $500-$1000 of their own money to buy supplies for students in their classrooms?

Well, A Gift for Teaching has come up with a beautiful and simple concept to address this issue:

Local businesses take unwanted supplies or surplus merchandise, that would otherwise get thrown away, and donate it for distribution through their Free Stores for teachers.

More than 11,000 teachers from Central Florida’s 330 public schools can then “shop” for free. This ensures more than 175,000 students in the Central Florida community have the basic school supplies they need to learn.

This week, Just DO Something…Anything Inc. along with El Sentinel, Central Florida News 13, Siemens and Greenspoon Marder Foundation, joined A Gift For Teaching on a massive backpack stuffing event.

1,300 homeless students are enrolled in Fifth Third Bank’s Summer of Dreams program www.thesummerofdreams.com www.facebook.com/thesummerofdreams. Now in its third year, Summer of Dreams provides homeless children in Central Florida with food, academic enrichment, mentoring, school supplies, and financial counseling for parents.

Approximately 50 AGFT volunteers and Summer of Dreams students worked in assembly-line style to stuff 800 backpacks with basic school supplies such as, notebooks, pencils, glue and crayons.  These backpacks will be delivered to all Summer of Dreams camp locations for distribution to local homeless students. But as Marisa Worley, Director of Development for AGFT said:

Put a pencil in the hands of a child and it becomes the key to unlocking what’s inside.  These pencils can do more than just help a child write or draw.  Supplies like these enable children to dream, create and experience success in school and in life.

To learn more about A Gift For Teaching please visit their website: http://www.agiftforteaching.org

About Just DO Something…Anything! Inc.

Just Do Something…Anything! Inc. is a non-profit movement of social justice storytellers!  We write articles, raise awareness, and produce video content for the Orlando Sentinel, Harbor House, A Gift for Teaching, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and many other social advocacy groups!

We tackle social causes and provide services to victims of: Human trafficking, domestic violence, human rights, animal rights, women’s rights and many more…

OUR MISSION – A nonprofit movement engaged in the mobilization of individuals for social change through action!

OUR VISION – JDSA envisions a world where everyone is afforded dignity, respect, and meaningful social inclusion.

Please join the more than 21,000 others – in 89 countries worldwide – who have already  joined us in our mission to change the world!


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7 responses

  1. So proud to be part of community that cares about these students (and teachers) and helps make a difference. You can’t function properly without the supplies needed and A Gift for Teaching helps make it easier for these students to get the items so desperately need.

    • Hi Angela,

      Thanks for the post! We’ve been partnering with AGFT for quite some time now…and we’re continuously amazed at the work they do. To witness, first-hand, the lives they affect…it’s really something special.

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