Equipped to Learn Campaign
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Drop Off School Supplies at Your Local School
We asked members of the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation what supplies their students always need. For a quick way to participate in the campaign you can download their list of needed supplies here, purchase any of the supplies noted and drop them off at the school of your choice.
Start A School Supply Drive
Start a supply drive for you local school and engage friends, family, and neighbors to make it a success. Our How-To guide will guide you through the process step-by-step.Post Your Drive
Then post information about your drive to promote it among the Create The Good Community.
Contribute to a Supply Drive in Your Area
Unfortunately, there are no drives in the area of the ZIP code listed. Raise your hand and organize your own supply drive! Find out how below.
No Time for Any of the Above? No Problem.
Make an online donation to a classroom project through DonorsChoose.org. Use the fields below to find a project to support.
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5 Minute Ideas
Create The Good is committed to helping people give back even if they only have 5 minutes. For the Equipped To Learn campaign we have compiled a list of ideas related to youth, school supplies, and education that take as little as 5 minutes.
Tell a Friend About the Campaign
Know a teacher or principal whose classroom could benefit from this campaign? Or know someone who would like to learn about how to volunteer with youth? Let them know about Create The Good and the Equipped To Learn campaign.
Want More Ideas
Our friends at NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community (which was started by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP founder) put together this list of 100 ways to volunteer with youth. So download the list and pick out what attracts you most. And remember we would love to hear about your experience, so please come back and share your story.
Need Help Getting Started?
Everyone has an idea, but an idea is just an idea without getting organized and following a plan. This guide is designed to help you organize volunteers to help you successfully complete your community project.
Why School Supplies? Why Now?
With high unemployment, and more than 30 million students enrolled in free and reduced meal programs, families are struggling. Many children are unprepared for school because their families can’t afford to purchase notebooks, pens, and other supplies their kids need to be effective. In addition, schools across the country are facing budget cuts and lack of funding to purchase necessary supplies.
To help children be better prepared for school and to help ease the burden on families and schools, Create The Good’s Equipped to Learn campaign is reaching out to members and volunteers nationwide to help collect supplies, either individual donations or through school supply drives, and distribute them to local schools prior to September 11th, the National Day of Service.
The commitment of AARP to get involved in creating social change in local communities began with Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the founder of AARP and NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community, formerly known as the National Retired Teachers Association. Dr. Andrus spent her youth and young adult years in Chicago and was a volunteer at several local Settlement Houses. Later, she would become the first woman high school principal in the State of California where she served at the same low-income high school in an immigrant community for 28 years. She understood the needs of communities and the importance of supporting education.
NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community shares a commitment to learning, voluntary service, and civic participation. More than a decade ago, the organization formed the With Our Youth! program to provide volunteer opportunities for community service projects with youth. For the first three years of the program, NRTA made a pledge to serve 1.5 million youth in 2,000 communities with a total of 45 million service hours through its affiliated state retired educators associations (REAs). The goal was met and exceeded.
Because of our roots as an organization, our member interest in youth, and the continuing cuts in school budgets across the country, Create The Good is focusing its efforts on the Equipped to Learn campaign, providing children with much needed school supplies. And to get a better understanding of the needs of schools throughout the country, AARP is collaborating with the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation on this campaign.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation supports principals in their important role to prepare students to reach their highest potential. For more than 30 years, NAESP Foundation has operated as the tax exempt, charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), a professional association. NAESP, founded in 1921, is a national organization serving all elementary and middle level principals. NAESP has outreach to more than 75,000 pre-k-8 principals and more than 1,000 superintendents across the nation and serves as a "lifeline" to principals in need.
In 2010, people like you helped over 20,000 students in 44 states through this project. Wow!
We invite all AARP members and volunteers to get involved in this campaign by:
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