Backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks and binders are just a few examples of the long list of school supplies that can be costly for teachers and families to purchase annually when they have limited financial resources. To ease those burdens and assist local youth get what they need to succeed, Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder along with other Larry H. Miller Dealerships will again partner with Denver’s 9NEWS and Volunteers of America Colorado Branch to support the 17th annual “Stuff for Students” school supply drive.
“One of the greatest investments we can make as a company is in our youth,” said Ray Reilly, senior vice president of operations, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “By participating in ‘Stuff for Students,’ we’ve been able to ensure that local students have the tools they need to succeed in school. Our incredible customers and employees have helped us collect nearly $50,000 in school supplies over the last four years, and we look forward to a successful 2018.”
Throughout the month of August, Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder – with the help of customers and employees – will look to fill a car, truck or SUV in their showroom with school supplies such as backpacks, pencils, highlighters, scissors, binders, rulers, calculators and lunch bags. In addition, monetary contributions can be made online through the Volunteers of America.Donations collected will be distributed to more than 15 school districts throughout Colorado, including Boulder Valley & St Vrain School Districts, to benefit pre-kindergarten to high school students in need and in under-served communities.
This year, it's estimated that parents will spend an average of $510 on school supplies, which is a financial burden for many Colorado families. As a result, teachers often take on the costly burden of purchasing supplies for their students. According to the Colorado Education Association, Colorado teachers reach into their own pockets every year and spend on average $656 for supplies for their students and classrooms. Approximately 23 percent of school children in the counties served by the VOA are living in poverty, compared to the state average of 14.7 percent. In Colorado school districts, nearly 25,000 pupils enrolled in public schools have been identified as experiencing homelessness.
“The teacher walkouts seen around the country this year highlight how dramatically underfunded public schools can be. A lack of resources means children living in poverty could fall behind in class,” said Bradley Gulley, director of volunteer services, Volunteers of America Colorado. “The donated school supplies from Larry H. Miller dealerships and their customers make a real difference in helping children be successful in the classroom.”
Since 2015, Larry H. Miller Dealerships has raised close to $50,000 in school supplies, including contributing $23,500 in monetary and school supply donations to the 2017 campaign that benefited 60,000 Colorado students. The community is encouraged to join Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder in helping to prepare school children for success by visiting the dealership and dropping off essential classroom items.