BENEFITING: The Education Partnership
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
The Education Partnership wrote -
The Education Partnership is dedicated to addressing educational inequities by providing and enabling access to the tools and resources necessary to support teachers and enhance a student's ability to learn and succeed.
By providing school supplies for a brighter future, our goal is to bridge the gap between what students have and what students need to succeed in the classroom.
I've always been privileged to attend wealthy schools. My parents sent me to private schools from the time I attended preschool all the way through 12th grade, and I am blessed to have graduated from a top tier college. I have always had a heart for the underprivileged, abused, neglected, you name it, in society. In 8th grade I learned about Mother Teresa and her heart for the needy. I am no Mother Teresa but decided that I was not going to die without serving others, especially those who are most abandoned by society, who feel most rejected. In college, I started getting involved in volunteer work specific to schools, education, and children. I've spent time as an America Reads Tutor, successfully set up and ran a fundraiser (ALL proceeds went to the school) for a poor school in the Meadville, PA area after volunteering in the pre-k program and seeing first hand the lack of resources in the classroom for the teacher and students. I've also spent a summer living in Aliquippa, PA, working firsthand with children and families through Aliquippa Impact. Another thing I've done is tutor adults whose goal is to earn their GED through the Crawford Country READ Center, and I've worked in the Braddock, PA area after school program. I personally know the people behind the Education Partnership, and I know that LOCAL children need school supplies. Imagine coming home from school to a difficult neighborhood. Imagine coming home from school without parents. Imagine coming home from school when the entire world seems against you and not even having the papers and pencils to do your homework because your parents, if you have any, and school cannot afford it. $25 provides basic school supplies for one child for a year. $500 provides school supplies for one classroom for a year. The organization is able to deliver a 8:1 return on every dollar given due largely to their ability to leverage expertise in the area of in-kind giving complemented by a dedication to minimizing administrative and operational expense. Don't do it for me. Do it for the kids. http://www.theeducationpartnership.org/