United Way of Broward County's "Tools for Schools" Distributed More Than $100,000 in School Supplies

January 26, 2015

United Way of Broward County partnered with Publix Super Markets and Suddath Relocation Systems to distribute more than $100,000 worth of much needed school supplies to over 600 local Broward County Public School teachers. The school supply distribution was part of United Way of Broward County’s annual “Tools for Schools” donation program.  United Way invited all Broward County Public Schools teachers to pick up the supplies on Saturday, January 24. 


Volunteers from Publix Super Markets, Suddath Relocation Systems, United Way of Broward County and Kaplan University came out to help distribute the supplies to the teachers including Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County, Robert Runcie, Broward County Public School Superintendent, Mike Merideth, Regional Director of Publix Super Markets, and Jim McDonald, President of Suddath Relocation Systems, South Florida Region, located in Deerfield Beach, where the distribution took place.


“Our annual “Tools for Schools” donation program has been such a success thanks to the generous donations of Publix and their selfless shoppers,” said Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County.  “Broward County teachers are so grateful to have the support of this community. Without these supplies distribution, throughout the year teachers would not have the sufficient materials to provide to their students.”


As part of the ‘Tools for Schools’ donation program, Publix Super Markets collected more than $100,000 from generous shoppers during a one-month period and donated the funds to United Way of Broward County.  Using the funds, United Way then purchased 43,100 folders, 41,232 pencils, 34,368 pieces of paper, 32,088 markers, 23,136 colored pencils, 19,728 pairs of scissors, 19,728 pens and 17,904 bottles of glue.  

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

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