Giving Back-to-School Hope for Students

The greatest gifts are generosity and hope, and we saw plenty of both through our 2016 Student Backpack Drive, raising funds and securing gift-in-kind donations for Native American students in need.

8.23.16 Giving Back-to-School Hope - AD - Backpack Draft FB (no hashtags)Yoobi (pronounced “you-be”) means “one for you, one for me.” For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item is donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S. PWNA learned this, firsthand, when Yoobi donated an extensive array of school supplies through our Student Backpack Drive. Yoobi items are available at Target.

Joining in on the event, Riteline USA also donated some awesome stylus pens for use in Native classrooms.

PWNA welcomes these newest in-kind donors and appreciates their support for the students!

More than 850 individual donors also contributed, with heartfelt donations and social shares reaching out to spread the word.

Thanks to all of you for your generosity and the gift of hope that brought more than $43,000 in backpack supplies and aid, with gifts still coming in. Up to 35 percent of Native American children live below poverty level, so this support is vital to the students and their schools.

As our CEO/President Robbi Rice Dietrich shared earlier this summer, “The first day of school is a milestone event for students, and the excitement of a new school year shouldn’t be tarnished by a lack of supplies.”

The school supplies distributed by PWNA and our AIEF program help teachers ensure more children return to school this fall, setting Native American students up for success.

You made a difference – please join us in sharing this impact through your social pages! And remember, PWNA is stocking up on school supplies year-round for future distributions.


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