KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 14, 2013 – With school set to begin on Monday, Kissimmee Utility Authority showed its support for education today by donating 5,230 items to ensure that young people have the supplies they need to start the school year off right.
Statistics provided by Osceola School District show that more than 72 percent of students can’t afford lunch each day, let alone school supplies. In many cases, teachers spend an average of $1,000 of their own money each year to purchase supplies for students in need.
KUA’s “Operation Backpack” school supply drive, a joint effort between the utility and A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County, collected 235 backpacks as well as thousands of pencils, crayons, erasers, glue sticks, markers, pencils, protractors, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, binders and uniform shirts to fill the backpacks. The items were donated by utility employees and customers, and by several local community groups.
“This donation directly benefits young students in the community and their families,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “A filled backpack allows these children to start the school year feeling prepared and confident, with the knowledge that their education is important.”
About A Gift for Teaching
Established in 1998, A Gift for Teaching (http://agiftforteaching.org) exists to improve public education by providing resources and surplus materials free to teachers for their students in need.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent