PITTSBURGH - The kids at Woolslair Elementary School in Lawrenceville are ready to learn, now that they are armed with the tools they need to excel in the classroom.
“A lot of our students come from families who are economically disadvantaged, and for some, this is the only supplies they will see, other than what the school is able to provide,” said Principal Lisa Gallagher.
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The law firm Sitko Bruno bought the school supplies, packed them up and personally delivered the kits to 187 students during a pep rally designed to get the children fired up about learning.
"We believe in giving back to our community," said Judy Bruno. “There are so many children in our area that don't have basic school supplies."
The event is part of the Adopt-a-School program run by The Education Partnership, a nonprofit whose mission is to make sure every student has what they need to succeed in the classroom.
“If you don't have the supplies in your hand, and they are not in your desk or your backpack, you are at a loss and it's going to hurt. You're going to struggle,” said Justin Brown, executive director of The Education Partnership.
He said the Adopt-a-School program, now in its sixth year, is serving 56 schools with the help of community partners like Sitko Bruno and World Vision.
That means 21,000 students in 1,800 classrooms are getting the pencils, crayons and paper needed for school.
Small things, but they make a big impact.
“It improved classroom behavior. It improves test scores in really all academic subjects, attendance and really self worth,” said Brown.
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