To ensure that students in Title I Schools in Broward County kicked off the school year prepared with essential classroom supplies, Excel Construction of Florida donated backpacks, folders, notebooks, pencils, art supplies and more to Broward Education Foundation’s Back to School Drive.
This year, supplies are even more important as students begin returning to the classroom.
“My mom was a Broward County school teacher for 35 years and I am a dad myself, so I am always compelled to support children’s causes, particularly when it comes to education,” said Excel Construction of Florida President Eric Wolf. “We all know how expensive it can be to get our kids ready for the new school year. In so many cases, teachers also spend hundreds of dollars throughout the year to supplement basic school supplies. Thanks to Broward Education Foundation, students and teachers in Title I schools have access to the resources and tools that will help them succeed in the classroom. We are happy to help.”
Prior to the pandemic, more than 200,000 students in Broward County Public Schools were living in poverty, based on qualification and participation in the National School Lunch Program where students receive meals at school for free or at a discount. Add to that the fact that three in four students arrive to class without the requisite school supplies necessary for learning according to 90% of teachers surveyed by the national non-profit Kids in Need Foundation. Covid drastically increased the need for basic school supplies for students in Title I schools.
Donated school supplies will fill the shelves of Broward Education Foundation’s School Supply Center in Pompano Beach where teachers from Title I Broward County schools shop for free twice a year to equip students with supplies during the school year.
In addition to company and employee donations, Excel Construction of Florida hosted a drive for its subcontractors with participating companies including Kyle Plumbing, D & D Welding, All Pro Drywall and Aaron’s Window Treatments.
For more information about Excel Construction of Florida, visit excelsf.com.