PALM BEACH, FL, June 27, 2013 – The Town of Palm Beach United Way, in partnership with our youngest volunteers, Youth United, have launched their first Shoebox Project to help hundreds of kids who start school in the fall unprepared. Interested donors are encouraged to get an empty shoebox from their closet, fill with school supplies and take the filled boxes to the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
To participate in the project:
1. Fill a shoebox with essential elementary school supplies such as pencils, pens. notebooks, crayons, cap erasers, blunt-tip scissors, colored pencils, washable markers, glue sticks, and hand sanitizer. A complete list of school supply items can be found at www.palmbeachunitedway.org/supplydrive
2. Decorate your shoebox.
3. Put your name and contact information inside the box (so we can thank you and enter you in the contest!)
4. Drop filled boxes to the Town of Palm Beach United Way office, 44 Cocoanut Row, M201, Palm Beach, FL
The decorated shoeboxes will be entered in a contest to win great prizes in the following areas: Best Overall ($200 Amazon Gift Card); Most Creative ($25 Muvico Gift Card); Best Theme ($25 Muvico Gift Card); and Most Color ($25 Muvico Gift Card).
The recipients of the donated shoeboxes and school supplies will be Highland and South Olive Elementary Schools - both Title I schools. Title 1 schools are those that have high levels of poverty (based on the number of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch) and students that are at risk for falling behind.
According to Chelsea Surovek, chairman of Youth United, she wanted to start this fun school supply drive because, “School supply shopping is my favorite pre-school activity and I guess I've taken it for granted that not everyone gets to start the year with the tools to increase success.”