17th Annual ‘Stuff for Students’ School Supply Drive

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It’s officially August, and you know what that means: the 17th annual ‘Stuff for Students’ school supply drive has officially begun. Once again, Larry H. Miller’s Colorado Chrysler Jeep dealership is partnering with other Colorado-based Larry H. Miller dealerships, Denver’s 9NEWS, and the Volunteers of America (VOA) Colorado Branch to provide school supplies for local pupils. Our dealership will be receiving donations all this month, so stop in and support public schools within your community.

 

Over the past 17 years, you have helped Larry H. Miller dealerships supply kids in need with the things they need to be successful in school. Last year was our most successful ‘Stuff for Students’ campaign to date, with more than $23,500 worth of supply and monetary donations going to over 15 Colorado school districts and impacting nearly 60,000 kids.

 

“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.”

 

The cost of public education is rising, and teachers are shelling out more and more cash from their own pockets to provide for students. According to the Colorado Education Association, the average Colorado teacher spends about $656 annually on classroom supplies. With almost 23 percent of students within counties served by the VOA living in poverty, your donations matter now more than ever. Although the statewide average of childhood poverty is only 14.7 percent, nearly 25,000 Colorado students are currently experiencing homelessness. ‘Stuff for Students’ is designed to eliminate costs surrounding school supplies so that pre-k through high school students may still receive an education.

 

“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.”

 

For the entire month of August, we will be filling one of the vehicles in our showroom up with all of your donations. Supplies can include backpacks, pencils, highlighters, scissors, binders, rulers, calculators, erasers, glue, lunch bags, and anything else to enhance the classroom educational experience. If you prefer, monetary donations can also be made directly to the VOA at http://www.voacolorado.org/news_and_events/stuff-for-students. Together, we can help students in more than 15 school districts all over Colorado to further their education with the supplies necessary to succeed.
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