Moneytalk works closely with two local elementary schools that are Title 1. This means that at least 40% of the students at the school are low-income. For these two schools, they have 64% and 78% of the students on free and reduce lunch. This is well above the minimum 40% low-income to qualify for Title 1 status. Between the two schools, there are 1,001 students desperately in need. Our goal is $50 per student which totals $50,000.
Our total final cost was $38,142.78. We came in 24% under budget by making two simple changes - (1) changed from Crayola to Creative Colors brand and (2) purchasing Ziploc bags in bulk instead of small boxes for each student to turn in.
These students' families do not have the money to purchase their child a school shirt. Can you imagine everyone in school wearing matching shirts and not having one yourself? It means so much to these students to feel a part of something by simply being able to have a school shirt.
These students' families do not have the money to purchase a school yearbook. Imagine not having your elementary school yearbook. Can you imagine not being able to participate when the other students and teachers are signing everybody else's books? These students will treasure the kind and encouraging words from their teachers for years to come! They will also treasure the pictures of the activities they were able to participate in during these formative years!
These students' families do not have the money to purchase school supplies. Regardless of whether schools is held on-site or at home as this past school year ended, school supplies will be needed. Many of the teachers purchase supplies out of their own money. Many of the teachers cannot do all of the activities they would like to do with the students due to a lack of supplies. This lack of supplies and learning opportunities puts these students at an even bigger disadvantage than they already are due to language, low-income, poor nutrition, and lack of medical care. Due to the barriers these students already face, the schools have struggled more than ever getting the students to participate in remote learning. Their predictions are that students have lost most everything they learned this past year before COVID-19 hit, this is on top of the backslide that typically happens each summer.
The schools have asked for help providing small rewards to be used to encourage student participation and learning. These will be needed regardless of whether school is on-site or remote, but vastly more important when learning remotely.
Moneytalk is asking you to help provide:
- Backpacks full of the needed school supplies for the 1,000 students in these two elementary schools
- School shirt for each student to help them feel a part of something
- Yearbook for each student
- Food program to provide food for the students and their parents over the weekend
- If school does not open, food will be provided during the week as well
- Small rewards for learning and participation
Your $50 donation will provide all of these items for 1 student.