GREENSBORO, N.C. -- More and more kids across our area can't afford to fill their brown bags or pay for lunch either. Every year, the number of kids in the free and reduced lunch program goes up. In fact there are some Triad schools where every single student qualifies. In 2006 the Triad had seven schools with 100 percent need. But eight years later, the most recent state report says the number has multiplied more than six times to 48 schools with 100 percent need.
To see what that means for one individual school, play the video attached to this story.
And if you're interesting in helping, check WFMY News 2's Tools for School drive. Starting now through August 31, drop off school supplies in the "Tools for School" bins while shopping at participating Walmart stores. Also, this year Schiffman's Jewelers has collection bins in itsGreensboro and Winston-Salem stores. Look for additional collection sites here.
This year we invite your business, church or civic organization to hold a "Tools for School" collection drive. It's easy to organize a school supply collection drive.
Here is a list of Triad school systems in the event your business is located in another city/county and you want to support that local school system.
All of the school supplies collected through "Tools for School" stay in the communities in which they are collected, for distribution by local school systems. Since 1996, over 488,000 students have benefited from "Tools for School."
Schiffman's, Walmart, The Health Insurance Store, The Village at Brookwood, The Volunteer Center, and Box Board Products are proud sponsors of the "Tools for School" campaign.