The return to a socially distanced school year will hold special challenges for every student and parent. But it will be even more challenging for elementary-age children adapting to that new normal while also experiencing homelessness!
You can help ease their added stress when you join the third annual Supply Surge School Supply Drive, powered by PEMCO.
Through Aug. 21, PEMCO and more than 35 other South Lake Union businesses are committed to collecting thousands of school supplies for 10 Seattle, Lynnwood and Spokane elementary schools that serve a high percentage of homeless students. The supplies will support kids at risk of falling behind simply because they lack basics like pencils, paper and notebooks.
As you might imagine, Supply Surge 2020 will look a bit different than in years past. To ensure we're COVID-safe, we're going 100% online, with no in-person or by-mail donations. You can shop and donate with just a few clicks at https://yougivegoods.com/supplysurge2020. Be sure to choose "PEMCO Insurance" from the company names listed. You can select which location – Seattle, Lynnwood or Spokane – you want to support, and you'll receive an emailed receipt for your donation at the time of purchase.
And here's a feel-great bonus: Do it Aug. 3-4 or 19-21, and PEMCO will match your contribution, up to an accumulated total of $10,000!
We're working diligently with district homeless student programs to make sure our help goes where it's needed most. They tell us that with many schools planning a remote-learning start in the fall, the need for donated school supplies remains high. Among the schools we're partnering with, homeless students comprise up to 16% of enrollment. As many as 89% of student households classify as low-income.
Last year, Supply Surge collected almost 200,000 items benefitting nearly 11,000 students! This year, students need our help more than ever, and we can't do it without you. We invite you to join us in partnering with our neighbors for good by donating and sharing your support for Supply Surge on social media.