For most children, preparing to return to school is an exciting time. They get new school bags, books, school supplies, and even new clothing! Unfortunately, this experience is not shared for many children coming from underprivileged backgrounds. Most do not have the ﬁnancial means to purchase the appropriate school supplies. If they’re lucky, they have relatives or friends that are able to pass down supplies and clothing.
With the current pandemic further straining the ﬁnancial situation of those coming from underprivileged backgrounds, we at Children Now have never felt more compelled to start a new Back to School Program to help alleviate some of that pressure. The objective of our Back to School - Equal Start Program is to provide underprivileged children with a full set of school supplies and resources so that they are able to get the most out of what school has to offer, and ultimately increase their chances to persevere and succeed in school. Therefore, this year we will provide them with supplies including school bags, lunch boxes, pencils, crayons, erasers, binders, notebooks, and the resources to develop their empowerment and leadership skills.
Back to School - Equal Start
Poverty has a very serious effect on school perseverance and success. Numerous studies have shown that youth living in underprivileged neighbourhoods have a higher risk of dropping out of school, lower school readiness, decreased self-esteem, diminished aspirations, and an increased risk to develop learning disabilities. In addition, these children are also increasingly stigmatized, and as a result, are often victims of bullying. However, research has also shown that children who are well equipped and have the appropriate tools to learn are more likely to perform well and graduate.
What Will My Donation Provide for the Children
$25 - 50: Basic school supplies (pencil case, pencils, erasers, ruler, scissors, notebooks, etc)
$75: Binders, duo-tangs, and basic school supplies
$100: Lunch box, binders, duo-tangs, and basic school supplies
$150: Sponsorship for 1 child*