Rise to the Challenge to Support PBC Students

PRESS RELEASE:  Rise to the Challenge to Support PBC Students                                           

BOYNTON BEACH – The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is unwavering in its commitment to support students.  As a result of COVID-19, students are engaging in remote learning from home. The current need for school supplies has increased, as many students do not have the necessary tools at home. Recognizing this, the Education Foundation announces the “Rise to the Challenge” campaign to raise funds to purchase electronic devices and school supplies which are now essential for academic success. An anonymous donor has launched this campaign with a deeply impactful $500,000 gift.  Aetna accepted the challenge with a significant donation, and Bank of America has awarded a generous grant in support of this initiative. 

WHAT: Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s “Rise to the Challenge” campaign (School Supplies & Electronic Devices) 
WHEN:  Challenge Grant Campaign Begins Monday, April 13th
WHERE: Donation Options Include: Text to Give, Online Donations or Check Donations
HOW: $100 suggested donation for Kits for Kids (provides school supplies for 4 students) and/or 
$275 for an electronic device to support the Distance Learning Initiative
WHO: Supporting the Needs of Students and Teachers in Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County has exhausted their technology resources by providing digital devices to a vast number of households in support of their distance learning initiative. While a number of households have received electronic devices, the need to support our students, teachers and schools continues. Aetna is committed to assisting Palm Beach County’s teachers and students in remaining connected until traditional schooling resumes by funding the purchase of additional electronic devices.

Along with technology resources, essential school supplies are needed more than ever for the overwhelming number of families who cannot afford them.  During these unprecedented times, some families are unable to afford even pens, pencils and notebooks. As a response to this need, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s signature program, Red Apple Supplies, has begun to provide “Kits for Kids”.  Each kit will include a pencil case filled with essential tools to be provided to families in need, thanks to Bank of America’s generous grant contribution to the Education Foundation. “We know that access to technology and school supplies as a result of distance learning remains a critical component to helping students, teachers and families during this unprecedented time,” said Fabiola Brumley, Palm Beach County President, Bank of America. “Bank of America remains committed to helping our customers, clients and local community, here in Palm Beach County as we work together to address the impacts of this health and humanitarian crisis, and we’re grateful for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and our longtime partnership. Being able to adapt quickly in this environment to create “Kits for Kids” will ensure our students have the tools they need to learn from home.”

With the generosity of our anonymous donor, combined with many business partners, philanthropic organizations and individuals in the community, the Education Foundation has raised more than $620,000 and so far, been able to acquire approximately 700 devices and prepare 500 Kits for Kids.

The community is invited to join the Education Foundation’s “Rise to the Challenge” by contributing to the campaign goal of raising $750,000 to provide Kits for Kids and electronic devices.  A donation of $100 will supply four Kits for Kids, while $275 is the suggested donation to provide an electronic device.  As a community, we want to “Rise to the Challenge” to meet the needs of our students, teachers and schools in the School District of Palm Beach County.

Donate on our website or  text COVID19IMPACT to 41444. Together, we will “Rise to the Challenge” and change the world through education one student, teacher and school at a time.