Donate to Jimmy Jazz's "Pal Packs" drive to equip students in need
Back to school can be an exciting time for urban kids - unless they can't afford the necessary clothes and tools.
According to Getting Tools to City Schools, more than half of the 1.1 million students in the New York City public school system don't have enough money for basic supplies. Teachers end up shelling out between $500 and $2,000 of their own funds per year just to make sure kids are equipped for classes. Kids can't perform to the best of their ability without essential learning tools like notebooks, pens and calculators. In fact, the nonprofit explained that kids are more likely to attend school, earn better grades, score higher on tests and ultimately, graduate if they're prepared with certain items. It's especially important to keep kids in school, since dropout has been linked to delinquency, crime, violence, alcohol and drug abuse as well as suicide.
That's why Jimmy Jazz has partnered with New York City's Police Athletic League for the Pal Packs drive to collect school supplies for students in need. Between now and Aug. 30, you can donate paper, pencils and other useful items to one of the many store locations around Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and surrounding areas.
A new school year presents a fresh opportunity for students to excel. By donating to Pal Packs, you're helping them to start on the right foot.