Raleigh, NC, August 27, 2018 — As a new school year begins, families across the country feel the all-familiar budget impact of rising school supplies costs. In an effort to relieve that burden for local families in the Raleigh Triangle, Acquire participated in a School Supply Drive by collecting and donating school supplies for local kids in need. The annual School Supply Drive hosted by local radio station, 96.1 BBB, is in support of Triangle Family Services (TFS). TFS is a local organization that’s mission is “Building a stronger community by strengthening the family.” Donations made during the School Supply Drive benefit TFS and its efforts to create a thriving local community.
Triangle Family Services was founded in 1937 and since then, has been serving families in need within the Triangle community of North Carolina. During the 80+ years TFS has been a part of the Triangle area, it has not only worked to provide modern solutions to local citizens facing crisis but has also worked to bring them safety and security. Furnishing school supplies for elementary through high school age kids in the community who come from low-income families is one of the many steps TFS takes toward fulfilling its mission. This is just one way to prevent children from starting school behind the rest of their classmates and to ensure each child in America is given the resources to succeed.
“Recently becoming a first-time-father has opened my eyes to an array of things that honestly, like many of us, I hadn’t put much thought to previously. One of those things being the endless list of expenses that comes along with growing a family. Knowing that children, not just in our local community, but across the country, start school each year without the basic essentials is heartbreaking. Now that I’m a parent myself, I want to contribute in any way I can to slow that rising statistic. Organizations such as TFS make providing for less fortunate families possible and also give you a peace of mind knowing your donations are in good, honest hands, in which I am extremely thankful for.”
– Zach Schuch, National Director at Acquire
In terms of consumer spending, back-to-school season is the second largest shopping season of the year and since 2016, between 30% and 50% of back-to-school purchases have been influenced by classroom supplies requirements. According to the most recent Huntington Bank Backpack Index, a figure that tracks the annual cost of school supplies, the average cost for high school students in the US was $1,500, an estimated $1,001 for children in middle school and $662 for elementary school students. In 2014, according to the US Department of Education, one out of every five school age children was living below the federal poverty line. That is almost 11 million children nation-wide and sadly, that number hasn’t changed much.
“Growing up in a home with two foster brothers and a mother who held a teaching position in the public school system, I saw first hand at a young age the vast need for organizations like TFS that encourage and provide an outlet for members of the local community to donate to low-income families. We as U.S. citizens are persistently searching for ways to aid the less fortunate in other regions of the world when there are countless families living in poverty right here in our own community. These less fortunate members of our local community who are not afforded the 'luxury' of purchasing what some may call, 'simple,' items such as No. 2 pencils, notebook paper, or crayons. The truth is these items are essential classroom tools, which is why we at Acquire will continue to participate in this annual School Supply Drive throughout the coming years.”
– Grant Gulledge, Sr. Director of Operations at Acquire
Here in the state of North Carolina, 53% of students attending public schools are eligible to receive free or reduced school lunches, which is a proxy for poverty. These statistics have proven the cost of classroom essentials to be a major financial setback for a majority of families but with the assistance of Triangle Family Services, 96.1 BBB, charitable local citizens, and local businesses like Acquire, the Raleigh Triangle will be able to continuously make steps toward building and maintaining a flourishing community.
For more information about Triangle Family Services and ways you can donate or volunteer year round, visit their website at www.tfsnc.org.
To learn more about the Acquire team, their philanthropic efforts, community outreach and company culture you can visit their website at www.acquireraleigh.com. They can also be found on every prominent social media outlet. Acquire is located on the 12th Floor of the SunTrust/AllScripts Building off of I-440/Wade Avenue in the North Hills area of Raleigh, NC.
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