Palm Beach County Kids Set Up for Success with Generous Donations from Locals

Amanda Hicks
Posted by Amanda Hicks
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The Palm Beach County Boxed for Success School Supply Drive saw a record-breaking year for donations, and local kids have plenty of supplies for the school year thanks to the generosity of area residents.

The drive received nearly 30,000 items including notebooks, paper, pencils, markers, crayons, tissues and glue sticks. Cash donations also totalled $14,600 which was by far the most money in the drive’s six-year history, doubling its previous high of $7,000 in 2014. 

All of the supplies and monetary donations were evenly distributed to three Title 1 elementary schools in the county, where more than 90 percent of those students' families are low income. 

The Boxed for Success School Supply Drive, which ended just before school started a couple of weeks ago, is an annual project of the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Youth United group. The group is composed of students in grades 6-12 who volunteer their time to help their communities, engage their fellow peers and improve opportunities for other youth in the county.

“We are so grateful for all the hard work of our Youth United group,” said Beth Walton in an interview, chief executive officer of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. “They spent countless hours organizing the drive, collecting the supplies, inventorying them and delivering them to the schools. They are an amazing group of young people.”

Thanks to the help of the youth and generous donors of Palm Beach County, our local children are on the path to success with the supplies they need and a superior education. Palm Beach County has an A-rated school district and more than 42,000 volunteers who help mentor kids in their spare time, which has helped our area achieve a very high graduation rate and resulted in 90% of those students pursuing a post-secondary education. 

For more information about Palm Beach County Schools, visit the district website here

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