BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The Brevard Schools Foundation’s Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway for low-income families will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Clearlake Education Center Gym located at 1225 Clearlake Road in Cocoa, Florida.
Over 2,000 children enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch program will receive new backpacks filled with school supplies.
They will also be given hot lunches, books, brief dental screenings, eye and diabetes screenings, gift certificates for haircuts, and other benefits.
Additionally, there will be fun STEM activities for children to participate in, provided by Northrop Grumman and NASA’s Launch Services Program. Families must have pre-registered for the event in order to participate.
In Brevard County more than 39,000 students qualified for Free or Reduced Lunch during the 2016/2017 school year, and nearly 2,400 students were registered as homeless.
Due to financial hardship, many of these children come to school without any supplies of their own. As a result, they may struggle to perform at the same level as their peers.
Organizers say that the Back to School Giveaway exists to help level the playing field by providing these children with the tools they need to succeed in school.
This event is a community endeavor and is made possible through the cooperation of many groups and individuals. Businesses including Parrish Healthcare, MC Assembly, PNC Bank, JACOBS Technology, and others have donated funds or collected school supplies for the giveaway.
Any supplies leftover from the Back to School Giveaway will be distributed throughout the year from the Supply Zone for Teachers.
The Supply Zone is an educational resource center that gives free school supplies to teachers from high-poverty schools.
Supplies are either used in the classroom or given directly to students who cannot afford their own.
Individuals interested in learning more about the Supply Zone or the Back to School Giveaway Event should visit the Brevard Schools Foundation website at brevardschoolfoundation.org.
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