Child poverty continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. Just how big is the problem? Roughly 22% of all American children are dealing with this very real issue on a daily basis. That equates to over 16 million children who grow up without access to educational and social opportunities that other children might take for granted.
Because of the lack of resources, 40% of kids in America aren’t prepared for elementary school. As you can imagine, it’s nearly impossible for these kids to afford the supplies necessary for school success, especially considering the average cost of school supplies today is a whopping $97.74. Even worse, this ill-preparedness can easily lead to those kids being absent and dropping out of school altogether.
At TCC, we know that the small act of giving kids basic school supplies can make a positive impact on their upcoming school year. Once the problem of getting the needed materials is taken care of, kids can concentrate on learning.
For this reason, TCC has donated over 260,000 backpack kits through our Culture of Good (COG) since 2013. And this August, TCC will continue the backpack giveaway tradition by handing out 135,000 backpacks to students in need across the U.S. Additionally, TCC has partnered with A Wireless, and they will also be giving away 100,000 backpacks, making this our biggest year yet!
Each backpack is filled with glue sticks, spiral notebooks, pencils, rulers, folders, and pencil boxes, so that each child can go to school feeling confident and ready to learn.
Starting in mid-July, you can find a backpack logo next to each online store location participating in our COG backpack giveaway. Parents and kids are invited to come to participating TCC stores on July 30th from 12pm to 3pm to receive a special filled backpack. Backpacks will be available while supplies last and the child must be present to receive the backpack.