Used Tools 4 Kids started as a very simple exercise, when, at the end of her 5th grade year, Alexandra Beharry-Yambo decided to collect the left-over school supplies (which would have otherwise been thrown into the trash) from all the other fifth grade classrooms at her school and sent them to Guyana to children in need.
When she took home the supplies she had collected that first year, both she and her mom were amazed at the quality, quantity and reusable state of the supplies and so, the following year, she asked, Ms. Diaz, the Principal of her Franklin Academy school if she could be allowed to collect on a school wide basis and Ms. Diaz agreed.
That year, in collaboration with First Priority, her school collected 1700 pounds of school supplies, and in 2018, with the participation of a second school in the Franklin Academy Charter School network, Used Tools 4 Kids collected 3000 pounds of supplies, which were, both years, sent to Guyana and Venezuela for distribution to children in need.
Not only was this exercise providing school supplies to children in need, but it was also reducing the amount of supplies being disposed of and finding its way into landfills.
With increased awareness of Used Tools 4 Kids in our local City, and the willingness of other schools to participate, in February 2019, Used Tools 4 Kids was registered as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of Florida and is now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. This was done to help raise the funding necessary to continue to grow the reach of Used Tools 4 Kids; further reducing on waste, and distributing to even more children in need, both locally and overseas.