School Supply Drive


Through the "What a Difference a $1 Makes" supply drive, the School of Education and the School of Business are working to ensure that students from three local elementary schools have all the pens, pencils, and markers they need when classes start this month.

Bins have been set up in the lobbies of the schools to collect wide-ruled paper, erasers, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners and more for students at Lugonia, Franklin and Victoria Elementary schools. Cash donations can be given to Martin Bright in the School of Education and Karen Kraker in the School of Business.

“The School of Education is big on educational justice, and it’s the theme of all of our programs here in addition to how we run the school,” Bright, executive secretary to the School of Education dean, said. “That also pertains to our community, and providing supplies to students who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to have any helps establish a better school environment.”

In 2012, more than 10 boxes were delivered to Lugonia, Franklin and Victoria elementary schools.

“We separate everything and hand deliver the items to each school, and last year the car was completely full,” organizer Catherine Walker, ITS manager, said.

While University of Redlands students and employees drop off a majority of the donations, outside groups also get involved. According to Walker, one year a church gave more than $100 in gift cards.

“They never left their name, they just showed up one day,” she said. “We never got to thank them. It was such a blessing.”

The drive will end the third week in August, so students can start using their new supplies in the beginning of the year.

“We want to get everything out at the start of school,” Walker said. “They are so super appreciative.”

Posted: August 1, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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