Hundreds of under-resourced schools across the U.S. will receive new school supplies for 6,000 incoming students.
Shane Co., fourth-generation, family-owned jeweler, kicked off its annual partnership with Kids In Need Foundation (KINF). This year’s school supply program will be the largest volunteering initiative since the partnership was established in 2020. In the weeks prior to the start of most schools, Shane Co. employees will use employer-paid volunteer days to fill backpacks with essential back-to-school supplies for students attending underserved schools.
Shane Co. will be hosting a SECOND back-to-school event with the Kids in Need Foundation at Treasures 4 Teachers at 3025 S. 48th Street in Tempe on Thursday, August 25 in from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
“This program is something we look forward to every year because it is a tangible and meaningful way for us to connect and give back to the communities we serve,” said Rordan Shane, President and CEO of Shane Co. “Knowing that we’re able to be part of a student’s school year to help them succeed is amazing.”
Throughout the month of August, volunteers from all 21 Shane Co. stores will pack new notebooks, pencils, pens, and other essential school supplies in individual backpacks for teachers to distribute to students.
“We are grateful for Shane Co.’s continued dedication to creating equitable learning environments through its partnership with Kids In Need Foundation,” said Corey Gordon, CEO of KINF.
Funding for the backpacks and school supplies comes from Shane Co.’s most recent donation of $150,000 and an additional $15,000 directly from Shane Co.’s customer giving program. This donation is an increase from Shane Co.’s previous donation of $100,000 in both 2020 and 2021.
Kids In Need Foundation is a national organization that provides the support and tools needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn. Schools set to receive supplies are based in local communities or neighborhoods that Shane Co. stores currently serve and have been identified by KINF as under-resourced. The under-served schools selected for the program have a student enrollment of 70 percent or higher eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The regions to receive school supplies include the San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri, Portland, Nashville, and Salt lake City. The collaboration between Shane Co. and KINF aims to create equitable learning environments by supporting schools where the enrollment is primarily composed of students who are Black, Indigenous, and children of color.
- To date, the Shane Co. + KINF partnership has supported 375 classrooms and almost 9,000 K-5 students in under-resourced schools through the Supply A Student and Supply A Teacher programs.
- To date, Shane Co. employees have volunteered over 3,400 hours to fill backpacks and teacher/classroom kits with supplies, handwritten notes of encouragement, and more for underserved schools in local communities where Shane Co. has a presence.
- 6,000 backpacks full of supplies will be distributed to students in August – an additional 1,440 from previous years, supporting 6,000 students and 250 classrooms.
- Shane Co. volunteers will clock in an estimated 1,000 additional hours to fill backpacks and teacher totes.
- 21 schools will receive backpacks in 13 states across the U.S.
By partnering with teachers and students in under-resourced schools, KINF helps create equitable learning environments by ensuring students are properly equipped to learn and empowers teachers by supplying them with adequate resources. Absenteeism, coupled with teacher attrition, are more prevalent in underserved communities. These factors create an Opportunity Gap with lifetime repercussions. Children of color are more than two times more likely to be born into poverty, and they constitute nearly half of all children in American public schools (Source: Economic Policy Institute, 2019).
About Shane Co.
Shane Co. is a fourth-generation, family-owned jeweler committed to offering fine jewelry of the highest quality, from diamonds and engagement rings to gifts for any occasion. A direct importer of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, and other gemstones, Shane Co. operates 21 stores in 13 states, as well as an online store at www.ShaneCo.com. Recognized as an industry leader in customer service, Shane Co. offers the finest array of benefits including a Free Lifetime Warranty and a 60-day Money-back Guarantee. More than just a jewelry store, Shane Co. is your friend in the jewelry business since 1929.
Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a nonprofit organization that believes every child in America deserves equal opportunity and access to a quality education, provides the support and tools needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn. By providing essential school supplies, distance learning resources, and other classroom items in high demand, KINF partners with teachers in underserved schools to ensure students are prepared to learn in the classroom. In 2021, through its programs and National Network of Resource Centers, comprised of more than 40 mission-driven organizations nationwide, KINF served an estimated 7.8 million students, 316,900 teachers through 13,807 under-resourced schools, and provided over $162 million in product at no cost to schools or teachers. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter: @KidsInNeed.