Larry H. Miller Dealerships’ Support Helps Provide 50,000 Students With School Supplies
Larry H. Miller Dealerships, in partnership with 9NEWS and other local businesses, collected more than $60,000 worth of supplies during the 15th annual “Stuff for Students” drive. These supplies are critical in making sure that classrooms are well outfitted for learning. Forty industrial pallets of supplies were delivered to 15 Denver-area school districts at the beginning of September – enough supplies to serve 50,000 students.
“This was truly a group effort with contributions from our dealerships, customers, employees, neighbors and community groups,” said Ray Reilly, senior vice president of operations, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “We were honored to be a partner and bring everyone together to support Colorado students, since giving back in the communities where we do business is a guiding principle of Larry H. Miller Dealerships.”
The 10 Larry H. Miller dealerships in the Denver/Boulder metro area participated in the month-long campaign and drove home the need for supplies to employees and customers. Each dealership took a personal interest in the campaign and customized it, with some offering incentives for donations and others hosting employee donation contests.
According to Ms. Bradley Gulley, VOA’s director of volunteer programs, the personal touch really paid off. “We were thrilled that the Larry H. Miller Dealerships donation included more than 250 backpacks, ” she said. “Backpacks can be very expensive and that donation alone was crucial in allowing us to provide 475 homeless and financially disadvantaged students with a backpack full of supplies to start the school year.”
The need for school supplies continues to grow in Colorado. During the last school year, more than 375,000 students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch service and 29 percent of Denver students were reported as living in poverty. With the average price of school supplies ranging from $190 for an elementary school student to $350 for a high school student, it can be cost-prohibitive for a family to send their children to school with the necessary supplies. “Stuff for Students” helps to fill the gap by providing supplies to school districts based on financial need.