WATCH: BPS Focuses on Caring for Homeless Students, Donates 1,616 School Supply and Hygiene Packs
By Janice Kershaw, Brevard Schools Foundation // March 29, 2020
BPS was able to purchase 181 Publix gift cards
ABOVE VIDEO: Janice Kershaw President/CEO of Brevard Schools Foundation gives an update on their urgent need campaign.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – There is no doubt that every student in our community is being impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. However, it is the homeless students in Brevard who are being hit the hardest.
With schools closed and the move to remote learning, these vulnerable young people are without the many resources that they depend upon–from meals, to school supplies, to support–they are adrift in a very uncertain time.
That’s why we made this population our priority this week. Thanks to the generosity of donors we were able to prepare 1,616 school supply packs and 1,616 hygiene kits which will be distributed to the homeless students in every school.
Additionally, we were able to purchase 181 Publix gift cards which will be added to these kits and distributed to the unaccompanied homeless students in our system.
These are students who are basically on their own, without a parent or guardian to look after them. We began distribution of these much-needed supplies on Thurday.
But we know the need is great and our work still is not complete. So, we are in the process of packing 3,500 school supply kits for low-income students that will be distributed through the 27 meal sites established by the school district.
Thanks to our donors, volunteers and staff we will have put $96,000 worth of supplies and assistance into the hands of students in-need.
We will continue to work with our school district professionals to identify other needs as they emerge. We know there will be a tremendous need for services–we just don’t know what those additional services might be at this point.
We must be ready to answer the call and provide the programs and services that our local students will need. Please join us in this mission by considering a donation to Brevard Schools Foundation so that we can be ready to help our children now and in the coming weeks.
Together, we will make a difference.
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