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July 11, 2013

The Boxed For Success School Supply Drive has Started

by PBUnitedWay

This fall, thousands of Palm Beach County children will head off to school unprepared. Many will have no pencils to sharpen, no paper to write on, no crayons to draw with.

 The Town of Palm Beach United Way, in partnership with our youngest volunteers, Youth United, hopes to help these children, one shoebox at a time.

 In June, Youth United launched their first Boxed for Success School Supply Drive. The concept is simple: Take an empty shoebox from your closet, decorate it, and fill it with school supplies. There are also prizes for the Best Overall Shoebox ($200 Amazon Gift Card), Most Creative ($25 Muvico Gift Card), Best Theme ($25 Muvico Gift Card) and Most Color ($25 Muvico Gift Card).

 The decorated, school supply-filled shoeboxes will be donated to children in need at Highland Elementary and South Olive Elementary — both Title I schools. Title I schools are those with high levels of poverty (based on the number of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch).

 The seven local teenagers coordinating the drive have collected over 30 shoeboxes so far. They hope to see that number continue to grow as the drive approaches its July 31 deadline.

 “Our committee would love to see as many kids as possible start 2013 school year with the right tools,” Chelsea Surovek, chairman of Youth United, said. “I think it’s going really, really well right now and the committee and I are all so grateful for all the participation and we are excited to see the drive continue and the supplies grow!”

 For more information on the Boxed for Success school supply drive — including how you can donate your own decorated shoebox — visit http://www.palmbeachunitedway.org/supplydrive.

Check out all the great decorated shoeboxes that have come in so far on our Facebook page.    

Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors like you. Although some of the needs since 1945 have changed, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is still helping people who struggle with hunger, homelessness, job loss, abuse, mental illness, and more.  To find out more about the Town of Palm Beach United Way visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.   On behalf of the community that we serve, THANK YOU for the difference you make. 

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