Students, families face enormous financial challenges for school supplies

Students, families face enormous financial challenges for school supplies

Due to the transition to a virtual learning environment for Carolina schools, parents and families are having a hard time accessing school supplies for their children to continue education from home. Many of the more vulnerable and low-income families depend on help from Classroom Central to provide simple supplies, such as paper and pencils.

Classroom Central is a nonprofit that collects and distributes free school supplies to students living in poverty.

According to the organization, about 127,000 children in the Charlotte region lack the basic school supplies they need to be successful in school.

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Because of social distancing measures resulting from COVID-19, many students will split their time online and in-school. Between this and the economic downturn, families are finding it even more difficult to access supplies for their kids to complete their school year and not fall behind.

For many families, the needs of the home sometimes outweigh needs at school. When a family must choose between buying enough food for dinner or paying the power bill, the pressure of purchasing school supplies is an added expense that families can’t afford.

Since 1997, in partnership with Classroom Central and Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the WSOC-TV 9 School Tools program has collected school supplies, which are then distributed free to students in grades K-12.

A 9 School Tools financial donation program is in place with different levels of giving that will support the needs of Classroom Central. Donors can equate their monetary donation to what can be supplied by Classroom Central.

Here are some of the giving levels:

  • A donation of $9 will help provide homework supplies for students.
  • A donation of $25 will help fill a student’s backpack with school supplies.
  • A donation of $50 will supply a teacher with essential school items.
  • A donation of $100 will supply an entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) kits.

You can also donate school supplies at any Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services until August 14.

Learn more about 9 School Tools at