RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Hundreds of Palm Beach County students will receive free new school supplies next week thanks to the annual Tools for Schools program.
For the 20th year, Red apple suppliesTHE Education Foundation of Palm Beach CountyThe Free Teacher Resource Store partnered with Publix Super Markets to distribute more than $201,000 in essential school supplies to teachers in 120 Title I school districts.
Teachers and principals drove to the Red Apple Supply Store in Riviera Beach as early as 8 a.m. to receive supplies from volunteers, forming a line long enough to wrap around the building and continue down the street.
Volunteers loaded the cars with supplies, while others served hot chocolate and sweets.
🍎🎉📚 Red apple supplies, @EducationFdnPBC Free Teacher Resource Store distributes over $200,000 worth of essential school supplies to teachers in 120 Title I District schools. This generous donation was made possible by @Publix Super Markets School Tools Program!💚 pic.twitter.com/zKhzWPQQw4
— Palm Beach County School District (@pbcsd) December 3, 2022
Education Foundation President Jim Moore also served as disc jockey for the event, while a barbershop quartet serenaded drivers as they waited for supplies. Santa even paid a visit to the event.
Palm Beach County Superintendent Michael Burke said the event is especially needed for the district’s one in five students living in poverty.
“This is really important to make sure kids have the supplies they need to stay in the classroom,” Burke said.
Dwayne Dennard, principal of Pahokee Middle and High Schools, echoed Burke’s words, stressing the need for the supplies.
Dennard said 99 percent of students at his two schools are on a free or reduced lunch program, indicating significant financial need.
“Without these supplies, many of our children cannot reach their full potential,” Dennard said. “There are some children that we lost because we didn’t have these types of supplies. It’s a great opportunity for parents and students with the way inflation is now.”
Supplies distributed included everything from notebooks to headphones and more.
Burke said the supplies will be distributed to students at the school next week.