2018 Backpack Drive – Providing School Supplies and Hope to Native Students

The new school year is right around the corner and that means students and parents all over the country are gathering up their supplies. Back-to-school shopping is typically a highly anticipated activity that arms students with pencils, backpacks and other critical supplies. Equally important, it brings excitement for the year ahead. Sadly though, many Native American students and families can’t afford to complete this essential task.

A lack of resources at home and within tribal communities contributes to this reality. Consider the following statistics – today, 35 percent of Native American children live below the poverty line, making it almost impossible for their families to shoulder the financial investment of back-to-school season. As a parent, what would you do when facing a choice between food and pencils? Backpacks or shoes? Additionally, some reservations are so remote they simply do not have stores that carry backpacks and classroom supplies.

Securing the basic supplies needed for school can make all the difference in a child’s life – from having a successful school year to increasing their chances of graduating high school to making the next step toward college. Education is one of the most important cornerstones of self-sufficiency and quality of life in Native communities, and that starts with creating a positive, nurturing, fulfilling environment for young students.

The American Indian Education Fund (AIEF), a program of Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA), helps school partners tackle this issue by providing school supplies for K-12 students. In 2017, with your help, PWNA assisted more than 25,000 students through its annual Backpack Drive by delivering backpacks and school supplies to students across Indian Country.

This year’s Backpack Drive is once again an opportunity for you to support and encourage K-12 Native students and ensure a positive start to their school year. Please join our efforts to help provide backpacks, pencils, binders and more to those most in need. With your help today, many parents won’t have to face those difficult spending choices this year. Your donation will make the all the difference for a Native student and their family.

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