"Yay! Purple," says an excited little girl. "Thank you!!”
It is wonderful to hear this great reaction. It is more special because this girl’s parents are actually having a tough financial go of it.
For several years, we (Clifford Beers) have tracked the cost of back-to-school supplies and the number is staggering. “On average a family with two elementary school children will spend over $300 per student on back-to-school supplies,” says Jennifer Cretella, director of development and backpack drive organizer. This estimate does not include clothes or electronics.
As you can imagine need grows with every new school year. Thankfully, with the support of friends, donors and local companies, this year we were able to double our impact by serving over 300 students.