Party in the Pines raises $10,000 in support of local classrooms
Prescott, AZ – November 17, 2016 – Prescott Area Young Professionals today announced a $10,000 donation to the national nonprofit organization AdoptAClassroom.org. The funds will provide school supplies and support for 65 teachers working at Prescott High School, Mile High Middle School, and the Humboldt Unified and Chino Valley School Districts.
The sixth annual Party in the Pines fundraiser hosted in June by the Prescott Area Young Professionals raised $10,000 to be disbursed by AdoptAClassroom.org to benefit local teachers for the 2016/2017 school year.
Jennifer Cummings, a Prescott High School math teacher, received $500 for her classroom. Since receiving the funds through AdoptAClassroom.org, Cummings has purchased basic school supplies such as permanent markers, sheet protectors, and a pencil sharpener to make sure her students have the tools they need to learn.
“The Party in the Pines donation was completely unexpected and has made a great impact in my classroom,” said Cummings. “It reduced the burden on my personal finances and will help support my students this school year.”
Fifty-one percent of U.S. public school children come from families who cannot afford to provide them with the school supplies they need in the classroom. Teachers spend an average of $600 each year out of their own pocket on classroom materials to fill the supply gap. Nationally, teacher spending totals more than $1.6 billion each year.
“Receiving funds through AdoptAClassroom.org is much better than receiving a gift card to a specific store,” said Cummings. “AdoptAClassroom.org gives me the freedom to shop online with a variety of stores and when it’s convenient for me.”
To help put supplies in the hands of teachers like Cummings, visit AdoptAClassroom.org to find and donate to a classroom in the Prescott community.
Here are the teachers who benefitted in Prescott Unified School District:
- Alyson Anderson – Prescott High School
- Courtney Check – Prescott High School
- Jennifer Cummings – Prescott High School
- Dan Tyler – Prescott High School
- Ryan Anderson – Prescott Mile High Middle School
- Kyle Folkers – Prescott Mile High Middle School
- Molly Littrell – Prescott Mile High Middle School
- Ian Owens – Prescott Mile High Middle School
- Terry Pemberton – Prescott Mile High Middle School
The remaining 56 teachers were adopted in the Humboldt Unified and Chino Valley School Districts.
AdoptAClassroom.org empowers teachers by providing the classroom supplies and materials needed to help their students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for individual donors and corporate sponsors to donate funds to K-12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On average, teachers spend $600 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms – 20% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually. Since 1998 AdoptAClassroom.org has raised more than $30 million and benefited more than 2.2 million students. AdoptAClassroom.org holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.