As the father of a young boy, CBM administrative team member Malcolm Jones knows the importance of classrooms with sufficient school supplies. For two consecutive years, as part of his CBM100-Charities initiative, Malcolm partnered with the office supplies store, Staples, to deliver classroom materials to underprivileged children in schools throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
The initiative began last year after the pandemic started when Malcolm worked with Staples to arrange for the delivery of desks to students attending virtual school from their homes.
This year, Malcolm continued his giving efforts by working again with Staples on behalf of Sequoyah Elementary School in Derwood, MD, a “Focus School” with nearly 50% of the students living at or below the poverty level. The store manages a program that accepts financial donations from customers then packages boxes of supplies for students. In this case, Malcolm arranged for Staples to donate 10 boxes of school supplies including pens, glue, pencils, magic markers, notebooks and other items directly to the school, rather than to the county for distribution (Staples’ usual procedure).
As students return to school this fall amid the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic, at the very least they’ll know they have sufficient school supplies to aid with their education.