United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s 5th annual Write Start Project was a huge success, with over $80,000 in school supplies given out to teachers in Southwest and Edgewood ISD!
The average K-12 public school teacher in Texas spends $449 of their own money on supplies each year. This places an unnecessary burden on educators and can negatively impact the learning experience for children.
The Write Start Project is an annual school supply drive by United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County aimed at addressing this issue for teachers. Each year our community unites to show teachers our appreciation for everything that they do for our children.
On August 13, United Way volunteers assembled more than 2,000 bags of school supplies and delivered them on August 15 to thousands of grateful educators!
“We love giving back to our teachers and supporting education,” said Michael, a volunteer from SWBC. “This is just a small token of appreciation that we can come here and pack all these school supplies to give teachers a great start to the new school year.”
Sponsored by BCFS Health and Human Services, Coca-Cola, Cavender Auto Family, Alamo Cement Company, Jefferson Bank and Pen Fed Credit Union, Write Start Project donations were open until July 30. School supplies donated included #2 pencils, composition notebooks, crayons, disinfecting wipes and more. Dollar General also generously donated a Crayola brand supply kit to each teacher at Medio Creek Elementary, valued at $468 each!
“I have kids in school and often I hear from their teachers about all the different things that they need for their classrooms,” said Sylvia, who has volunteered with United Way for five years. “This is a great way to help teachers.”
The 2022 Write Start Project is just one example of how United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County helps students. United Way’s Successful Students Impact Area also invests in programs that increase reading proficiency, math proficiency, support disconnected youth and improves school attendance.
It is a well-known fact that public school teachers often spend money out of their own pockets on supplies for their students and classrooms. Initiatives like the Write Start Project give teachers and students the supplies they need to start the school year right.