2015 Backpacks for Kids

Nelson Mandela once remarked that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Oldsmar, FL- June 30, 2015 – Sadly, kids growing up in poverty face major challenges in obtaining a quality education. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2011 that over 30 million children were living below the poverty line, which was set at $23,000 annual income for a family of four.

These kids missed significantly more school days than the average student, often due to the need to work or to care for other family members. The drop-out rate for children in low-income families was an alarming seven times higher than for higher-income households. It’s a problem that can’t be solved overnight, but every little bit counts.

That’s why Nationwide Appraisal Network (NAN) is proud to conduct the 3rd annual “Backpacks 4 Kids” school supply drive”.

This year’s program was announced May 1st in the Tampabay area of Florida. “We’re currently working with three local elementary schools: Skycrest, Belcher, and Eisenhower,” says NAN co-founder Joni Pilgrim. “But our goal is big and we’re open to helping as many children as we can”.

How big? The NAN staff is determined to fully stock 500 or more backpacks with all the school supplies needed to start the year off right. Additionally, with the help of our community, we have pledged to gift each school with $1000 cash to use towards anything they need if we are able to meet the 500 filled backpacks goal.

Generous contributions of corporate sponsors, sports organizations, community partners, NAN employees, and anyone else who would like to help, will come together to help our local students get the supplies they need to start the school year off right.

Time is getting short, but NAN is still accepting donations for the 2015 “Backpacks 4 Kids” school supply drive. Businesses that make a donation of $250 or more will be featured as a corporate sponsor. They will gain the satisfaction of having helped a worthy cause, but they will also have their company’s logo displayed on the NAN website with a built-in hyperlink. Further recognition will be given on major social-media sites. A letter with the corporate sponsor’s logo will be inserted into each backpack, and the logo will also be printed on letters given to school faculty members wishing them a successful school year.

“We are fortunate enough to take part in our community,” says NAN Co-Founder Cari Burris. “But this particular cause is the one that gets us excited…we love knowing that hundreds of kids will walk through the doors on the first day of school fully prepared for a successful year of learning.”

About Nationwide Appraisal Network

NAN is a national appraisal management company providing both residential and commercial property valuations throughout the US.

NAN supports other charitable efforts beyond the Backpacks for Kids Drive, including the Children’s Cancer Center, the FEAST Food Pantry, and the Gr8ToDonate program. If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to have you. Please click here and fill out your information, email Joni at jpilgrim@nationwide-appraisal.com or call 813-749-8849.

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