Friday, August 16, 2013 — United Way of Stanly County, part of the leading dropout prevention network in North Carolina dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce participation in a statewide partnership with Walmart to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in North Carolina.
Now in its third year, the 2013 “Build A Backpack” back-to-school supply drive is the largest school supply drive ever conducted by Walmart in North Carolina, involving 144 Walmart stores across the state. CISNC has identified nearly 80 counties that will benefit from the “Build A Backpack” program. To expand its reach across the state, CISNC has also partnered with other trusted nonprofits, including the United Way of North Carolina, to assist CISNC in counties where there are Walmart stores but not a local CISNC affiliate.
The campaign, which will launch July 20 and run until August 31, 2013, will have bins available in all Walmart stores to collect donated school supply items. The items will be distributed to local Communities In Schools affiliates or other designated partners, and will then be distributed to public school students in need.
The value of donated items, purchased by Walmart shoppers for “Build A Backpack,” more than doubled from $162,850.71 in 2011 to $356,931.08 in 2012. Likewise, 1,345 volunteers helped with the distribution of supplies in 2012, compared to 584 last year in 2011—a 130 percent improvement. Finally, 62,494 students in 889 schools and other sites were the recipients of these supplies in 2012, as compared to 37,378 students in 526 sites in 2011. Elementary, middle and high school students across North Carolina received these school supplies that are so essential for the start of the new school year. The goal of the 2013 campaign is to double the results from 2012.
“We could not be more thrilled with the success of the ‘Build a Backpack’ supply drive each year it has been conducted,” said Ronny Hayes, Regional Vice President of Walmart and CISNC Board Member. “It is our hope that the success of this campaign here in North Carolina, with the invaluable help of Communities In Schools, will ensure that the neediest students be the recipients of the collected items and continue to serve as a model across the country and amount to even greater accomplishments this coming summer.”