GL Homes and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County launched their annual Back To School Drive supply drive on June 1. A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that minority students from low-income households suffered a 50 percent greater achievement loss than other students compared to pre-pandemic achievement results. The study exposed a historic widening of achievement gaps by race and economic status.
“GL Homes understands that this is a crucial time for all students, but the children supported by Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County have been impacted the most by the pandemic and need our help,” said GL Homes Senior Director of Community Relations Sarah Alsofrom. “It’s important for GL Homes to do our part to help the community fully recover.”
GL Homes is the title sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s annual Back To School Drive, which helps to support the 2,500 children and teens across the county who live at or below the poverty line with a backpack full of needed supplies for the school year.
“All seventeen Boys & Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County are focused on ensuring that Club members can graduate on time and with a plan for the future,” said President and CEO Jaene Miranda. “In addition to the Back To School Drive, 110 certified teachers will work with Club members daily throughout the summer to lessen the widening achievement gap. With the help of GL Homes, the Back To School Drive will be a success and provide the school supplies that most Club members would not receive without the generous support of our community.”
The GL Homes and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Back To School Drive will run through August 1. Drop-off locations for backpacks and school supplies are scattered throughout Palm Beach County, including most libraries and Starbucks. Drop off locations open to the public can be found here. Donations can also be made virtually by purchasing backpacks stuffed with needed school supplies for $10. Click here to donate.