1.3 million school supplies…notebooks, pencils, markers…rise from floor to ceiling inside the Fowler Street facility donated by SymMetric Revenue Solutions.
Thanks to ongoing efforts at both Publix and the United Way, Lee County teachers will be afforded the opportunity to retrieve much needed school supplies, at no cost, from this Fowler Street location.
“When you’re checking out at Publix, and you’re asked if you wish to donate school supplies, this is where it goes,” shared Hannah Pelle, Vice President, Allocations and Community Impact at the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobie.
“Tools for Schools,” as it is named, prevents Lee County teachers from having to utilzize personal funds so as to ensure that all students have necessary school supplies.
It was difficult to conduct interviews within the confines of the space as handtrucks and pallets moved about.
The unloading was being performed by Publix employees, all volunteering during their time off.
Cliff Smith, United Way President, expressed enormous appreciation towards Publix for promoting this effort and SymMetric Revenue Solutions for providing such a centrally located space to house the supplies.
“I think there are two pieces to this,” Smith stated. “First, it gets school supplies into our schools. Second, if a child succeeds in school, there is a very high chance they’ll succeed in life.”
Dave Alexander of the Lee County School District stated “It’s important to give our teachers all of the resources possible” as we dodged incoming handtrucks carting cases of supplies.
“We live in an unbelievably generous community,” stated Cliff Smith, as the walls began to disappear behind seemingly endless boxes.
Teachers will be permitted to help themselves to virtually all items necessary to ensure that no child must do without.