Back to school: This August you can help more children at high-needs schools succeed

(BPT) - From gas to food to rent, inflation has impacted practically every good or service you buy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. inflation hit a four-decade high in June, rising to 9.1% over the past year. With ever-increasing prices, it’s been difficult for families to afford the basics, let alone budget for school supplies their children will need for the upcoming school year.

Millions of children lack the supplies and learning materials they need to be successful in the classroom. According to, 92% of classrooms have students whose families cannot afford to purchase school supplies for their children.

To address the lack of funds for school supplies, many teachers spend their own money to help bridge that gap. On average, teachers spent $750 out of pocket on school supplies during the 2020-2021 school year and 30% of teachers reported spending $1,000 or more on school supplies. Since began surveying teachers in 2015, teacher spending has increased by 25%.


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