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Total campaign donations benefit 60,000 Colorado students

Larry H. Miller Dealerships, with the support of customers and employees, collected $23,500 in school supplies during the 2017 “Stuff for Students” campaign. In partnership with 9News, Volunteers of America Colorado Branch (VOA) and other business partners, supplies donated during this year’s drive will benefit 60,000 students in pre-kindergarten to high school.

“We are fortunate to have a great team of partners like Larry H. Miller Dealerships who come together to support ‘Stuff for Students’ every year,” said Bradley Gulley, director of volunteer programs, Volunteers of America Colorado Branch. “Thanks to the donations from Larry H. Miller Dealerships, their employees, and their customers, families can focus on school and not the financial burden of the cost of school supplies. These contributions will make a real difference in the communities we serve.”

Throughout the month of August, a vehicle in each of the 11 participating dealerships’ showrooms was stuffed with much-needed school supplies. Since 2015, it is estimated that nearly $50,000 in school supplies have been donated by Larry H. Miller Dealerships to benefit students within more than 15 school districts who are in low-income households or suffering from homelessness.

According to VOA, the cost of basic school supplies continues to increase, and parents can spend upwards of $900 on supplies for a high school-aged student. Approximately 23 percent of the 743,255 students in the counties served by VOA are living in poverty, compared to the state average of 14.7 percent. In addition, Colorado school districts identify nearly 25,000 students statewide who are experiencing homelessness.

From school supplies to the basic building blocks of academic success, Larry H. Miller Dealerships supports education initiatives year-round. Prior to the start of the school year, Larry H. Miller Dealerships supported Operation Outreach-USA at Coronado Hills Elementary School with a $5,000 grant that provided 450 books to be used by students in the classroom and at home. The goal of the program is to increase and improve reading proficiency among kindergarten through fourth grade students in low income and poor-performing schools.