NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles are kicking off the second annual “Supporting Our Schools,” an initiative to raise awareness and funding for school supplies needed in underprivileged communities throughout the Southland.
Viewers can help make a difference in local classrooms by making an online donation to fund teachers’ projects by visiting www.donorschoose.org/NBC4-T52 from July 16 to July 31, 2018. Teachers who would like to sign up to have a classroom project funded can visit www.donorschoose.org/teachers.
The public can choose from thousands of projects submitted by teachers, and contribute any amount to help provide school supplies and learning materials students and teachers need to start the new school year.
The projects reflect the needs in many neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Some examples include schools that need to replace books that were destroyed in a flood or students who need materials to create a technology classroom where they can learn about coding.
Many students in underserved communities suffer every year due to a lack of basic supplies, particularly families in poverty that are unable to equip their kids with the essentials. In response, many teachers spend at least $600 per year of their own money purchasing basic supplies to improve the learning environment, according to Education Week.
The campaign culminates with an event on July 31 at Variety Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles with NBC4 and Telemundo anchors and reporters distributing more than 500 backpacks stuffed with back-to-school essentials. Los Angeles Dodgers players will also be there to engage with the students. Stay tuned to the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. for live coverage of the event and recaps during the NBC4 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Tune in to NBC4 and Telemundo 52 through the end of the month and visit NBCLA.com/SupportingOurSchools and Telemundo52.com/ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas for news stories about the need for school supplies in underserved communities. Also follow the initiative on social media @NBCLA and @Telemundo 52 using hashtags #SupportingOurSchools and #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.
“Supporting Our Schools” is a nationwide school supply drive spearheaded by NBC and Telemundo owned stations located across the nation. The stations work with local non-profits and DonorsChoose.org to help collect supplies and funds that will help students and teachers in need.