August is only a few weeks away, meaning that school is right around the corner. All across Chicagoland kids will be heading back to school, many not having the resources to be fully prepared to learn. In an effort to help, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is hosting their annual United Way Regional School Supply Drive and inviting other organizations to get involved. Together, we can help more students receive the supplies they need to start this school year on the right track. As part of our 10-year community-impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020, we are working to ensure 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed. These middle school kids can take one step closer to succeeding if they have the right materials. The donations collected from the drive will directly benefit middle school students in the Brighton Park, Cicero, Chicago Heights, West Chicago, Highland Park, Evanston and Skokie communities. Brighton Park is the second fastest growing neighborhood in Chicago, yet is the most underserved neighborhood in Chicago and the second most underserved in early childhood resources in Illinois. The median household income in Cicero is $38,000 whereas the current median income of the state of Illinois is $54,000. In Chicago Heights over 1,000 families live below the federal poverty line. The unemployment rate in Highland Park is almost 6%. In Evanston, 10% of children live below the federal poverty line, and in Skokie 15% of citizens have not attained a higher education degree. Organizations are encouraged to donate supplies and host a drop-off site at their organization. Supplies accepted, but not limited to: calculators, 12” rulers, ruled notebook paper, markers, colored pencils, crayons, highlighters, glue, binders, folders, index cards, backpacks, pencils, pens and notebooks. Find out how you can get involved! Post submitted on behalf of Katie Doan, Communications Intern at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
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