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Back-to-school drive to help Club members overcome achievement gap

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County with the support of GL Homes kicked off its Back-To-School Drive Monday, May 24, with donation drop-off locations and an online virtual drive. Donated backpacks stuffed with school supplies will ensure that thousands of Club members are ready for a successful 2021-22 school year.

GL Homes is the title sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Back-To-School Drive. Their support puts the campaign on track to help more than 2400 children and teens across the county. These Club members, significantly impacted by the pandemic, need to start the new school year fully equipped to overcome the achievement gap caused by distant learning connectivity issues and the lack of devices inside individual households.

“We are proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County for this important goal of giving the most deserving children the school supplies that they need to achieve,” said GL Homes Director of Community Relations Sarah Alsofrom. “It’s important for GL Homes to do our part to help the community fully recover.”

Continuing to assist Palm Beach County families who live in poverty is critical this year after challenges caused by the pandemic resulted in a historic achievement gap. A national study done by leading universities found students are behind in key educational benchmarks by as much as 33%. The efforts to help disadvantaged students overcome these challenges make the success of the back-to-school drive even more important this year.

“We’re starting the Back-To-School Drive while the current school year is still in session because of the shortened summer break and enormous challenge that we face to ensure that all Club members have a backpack full of school supplies in August,” said President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jaene Miranda. “Without these supplies, our members most negatively impacted by the pandemic will continue to be unfairly disadvantaged. I am grateful for GL Home’s support because, without community partners, we would not be able to meet our mission of enabling all young people to reach their full potential.”

The GL Homes and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Back-To-School Drive starts May 24 and will run through July 23. Drop-off locations for backpacks and school supplies are scattered throughout Palm Beach County at participating businesses. Backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given to Club members a week before school starts on August 10.

Items can be purchased online and automatically sent to the Clubs by clicking on the button above.

 

Donation Drop Off Locations

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Administrative Office– 800 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 204, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
  • Flex Medical Centers– 1501 Presidential Way, Suite 17, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
  • Clean Eatz – 1540 Palm Beach Lakes Suite 140, West Palm Beach, FL  33401
  • Palm Beach County Library – Main Branch – 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
  • Sears– Gardens Mall 3101 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
  • Sephora– Gardens Mall 3101 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
  • Starbucks– Gardens Mall 3101 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
  • Starbucks– 11600 US HWY 1, North Palm Beach
  • Starbucks– 3866 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Starbucks- 226 Clematis ST, West Palm Beach
  • Starbucks- 600 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach
  • Starbucks- 205 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach
  • Starbucks– 5500 Military Trail, Jupiter
  • Starbucks-127 N. Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth Beach
  • Starbucks– 150 Worth Ave, Bay 110, Palm Beach
  • Starbucks– 1870 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach
  • Starbucks- 2715 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach
  • Starbucks- 1815 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach
  • Starbucks- 5400 Donald Ross Rd Suite #110, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Starbucks– 1620 S Federal Hwy, Suite A, Boynton Beach
  • Title Boxing Club– 6743 W Indiantown Rd #31, Jupiter FL 33458