Thousands of students returned to school this fall with trendy new backpacks, crisp and colorful school supplies and engaging new books thanks to the help of Boeing employees. This fall, employees raised a record amount of schools supplies for children in need through the company’s annual Books & Backpacks drive.
The backpacks and school supplies are distributed to children in need from approximately 150 schools in Western Washington through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Warehouse. “World Vision is so grateful for partners like Boeing,” said Reed Slattery, National Giving In Kind Program Director for World Vision. “World Vision serves thousands of teachers from the Puget Sound region every year and we couldn’t do it without the support and generous supply donation from Boeing employees.”
Page Ahead provides children in low-income communities the opportunity to select their own new book during reading programs that serve 170 schools or pre-schools within the Puget Sound region. “Reading well opens enormous doors for children,” said Susan Dibble, Executive Director for Page Ahead. “Most of us know what a difference having strong reading skills makes for kids academically. But reading also gives flight to a child’s imagination, exposes them to new ideas and places, and actually makes their brains grow!”
The drive brought together Boeing employees from across the state to organize book fairs and fundraising events, package and transport employee collections, and share the importance of why books and school supplies are important for at-risk youth academic success.
Boeing employees helped more than 33,000 low-income students have the right tools for academic success by providing:
- 24,708 books
- 5,224 backpacks
- 63,350 school supplies
This giving represents a more than 40-percent increase from 2015.
By Paul Bergman and Deborah Feldman