Pencils, notebooks, folders— these are typical back-to-school items for most kids, but not for the students at IPS #54. School supplies can be expensive for families on limited incomes, which means underprivileged kids are heading back to class without the supplies they’ll need for a productive school year.
At the Annual Herff Jones | Nystrom Sales Conference in Indianapolis, employees at the educational publishing company got a chance to give back by sponsoring and packing backpacks with school supplies for kids of all ages. Backpacks were filled with age-appropriate supplies for elementary, middle and high school students at IPS #54 to start the new school year off right.
Over 16 million children in the US, or 22%, live in families with incomes below the poverty level, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). In Indiana, 23% of children live in poverty, with that percentage growing every year.
Almost 100 years after its 1920 founding in Indianapolis, Herff Jones | Nystrom is working to give back to its home state. Our motto at Herff Jones | Nystrom is “helping teachers teach and students learn,” and packing these backpacks gave us the opportunity to help students learn, right in our own community.
Check out pictures of packing backpacks and IPS #54 students ready for the new school year!