GREENSBORO, NC -- Today, WFMY News 2 and 2 Wants to Know are live with a Tools for School challenge: make a difference in a kid's life by donating what they need to succeed in school. The ladies of WFMY are live at the Walmart on Wendover Avenue in Greensboro.
Here's a quick snapshot of how you have helped Tools for Schools provide kids with needed supplies. 1996 was the first year of Tools for School. That year, your donations helped 13,000 students.
In 1997, we more than doubled the number to 28,000 students helped. In the last few years, Tools for Schools has helped an average of nearly 35, 000 Triad students. Whether it's one pack of paper-- or 10 packs, it all helps.
There is a real need for all types of help for Triad students. Just yesterday, 2 Wants to Know's Ben Briscoe shared how many Triad schools have 100% of their students on free and reduced lunch. Forty-eight schools all from our viewing area fit into the category. Chances are-- you have one of these schools near you. They are in every county in our viewing area from Wilkes, to Alamance, Rockingham to Davidson counties and of course Guilford and Forsyth counties. The majority of the schools on that list are elementary schools, but they all need your help.
WFMY NEWS 2 is asking you to join in and prepare kids to go back to school.
Tiffany Cotton works at Irving Park Elementary and sees the donations come in and more importantly, sees the donations go out to kids. She told Tanya Rivera how these supplies help kids succeed.
The men of WFMY News 2 will be at the Walmart on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro tomorrow from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. And if you can't make it to either location, you can drop school supplies in the Tools for School bin at your area WalMart or any Schiffman's Jewelers location.
If you miss the Good Morning Show, check out Tools For School supplies collected by Jackie Fernandez, Lauren Melvin and Meghann Molleurs.
WATCH THIS! Jackie & Meghann's "Tools For School" Serenade!