By Sharon Aron Baron
To ensure students in Title I Schools in Broward County kicked off the school year prepared with essential classroom supplies, Excel Construction of Florida donated backpacks, folders, notebooks, pencils, art supplies, and more to Broward Education Foundation’s Back to School Drive.
President Eric Wolf said supplies are even more important as students begin returning to the classroom this year.
Wolf, who lives in Parkland’s Pinetree Estates with his wife Samantha and two children, said his mother was a Broward County school teacher for 35 years.
As a father himself, he was always compelled to support children’s causes — particularly when it came to education.
“Teachers also spend hundreds of dollars throughout the year to supplement their basic school supplies,” he added.
Before the pandemic, more than 200,000 students in Broward County Public Schools lived in poverty, based on qualification and participation in the National School Lunch Program, where students receive meals at school for free or at a discount.
According to 90 percent of teachers surveyed by the national non-profit Kids in Need Foundation, three in four students arrive to class without the necessary school supplies for learning, and Covid-19 drastically increased the need for basic school supplies in Title I schools.
Donated school supplies will fill the shelves of Broward Education Foundation’s School Supply Center in Pompano Beach, where teachers from Title I Broward County schools shop for free twice a year to equip students with supplies during the school year.
In addition to company and employee donations, Excel Construction of Florida hosted a drive for its subcontractors Kyle Plumbing, D & D Welding, All Pro Drywall, and Aaron’s Window Treatments.
“Thanks to Broward Education Foundation, students and teachers in Title I schools have access to the resources and tools that will help them succeed in the classroom,” said Wolf. ‘We are happy to help.”
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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