Larry H. Miller Dealerships Collect School Supplies During Annual “Stuff for Students” Drive
According to the Colorado Education Association, Colorado teachers reach into their own pockets every year and spend on average $656 for supplies for their students and classrooms. To ease those financial burdens and assist local youth, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will again partner with Denver’s 9NEWS and Volunteers of America Colorado Branch to support the 17th annual “Stuff for Students” school supply drive.
“One of the greatest investments we can make as a company is in our youth,” said Ray Reilly, senior vice president of operations, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “By participating in ‘Stuff for Students,’ we’ve been able to ensure that local students have the tools they need to succeed in school. Our incredible customers and employees have helped us collect nearly $50,000 in school supplies over the last four years, and we look forward to a successful 2018.”
Throughout the month of August, Larry H. Miller dealerships – with the help of customers and employees – will look to fill a car, truck or SUV in each of their showrooms with school supplies including backpacks, pencils, highlighters, scissors, binders, rulers, calculators and lunch bags. “Stuff for Students” collection bins will be featured at Larry H. Miller locations in Denver, Aurora, Centennial, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Thornton, Federal Heights and Boulder. In addition, monetary contributions can be made online through Volunteers of America at http://www.voacolorado.org/news_and_events/stuff-for-students. Donations collected will be distributed to more than 15 school districts throughout Colorado to benefit pre-kindergarten to high school students in need and in underserved communities.
Approximately 23 percent of school children in the counties served by the VOA are living in poverty, compared to the state average of 14.7 percent. In Colorado school districts, nearly 25,000 pupils enrolled in public schools have been identified as experiencing homelessness.
“The teacher walkouts seen around the country this year highlight how dramatically underfunded public schools can be. A lack of resources means children living in poverty could fall behind in class,” said Bradley Gulley, director of volunteer services, Volunteers of America Colorado. “The donated school supplies from Larry H. Miller dealerships and their customers make a real difference in helping children be successful in the classroom.”
Since 2015, Larry H. Miller Dealerships has raised close to $50,000 in school supplies, including contributing $23,500 in monetary and school supply donations to the 2017 campaign, benefiting 60,000 Colorado students.