More Than 20,000 Students to Benefit from State Farm School Supply Drive


MIAMI – WEBWIRE – Sunday, July 20, 2014

State Farm agents offices throughout Miami-Dade will be collecting school supply donations to support local students and teachers through August 18th. The supplies, matched with a $10,000 contribution in supplies from State Farm, will be distributed in September to more than 250 teachers working in under-resourced Miami-Dade County schools through Teach For America, as well as directly to homeless children through the Miami Rescue Mission. The donations are expected to provide over 20,000 students in the region with the basic school supplies they need to begin the school year strong.

“Equipping our students with the right tools for learning helps set them on a path to success. These generous gifts from State Farm and members of our community will support thousands of students throughout the school year,” said Maxeme Tuchman, executive director of Teach For America–Miami-Dade. “We are grateful for State Farm’s continued generosity and their support of excellence in teaching and learning.”

In addition to collecting and distributing school supply care packages to teachers, State Farm granted $75,000 to Teach For America—Miami-Dade this year to support the recruitment, selection and training of a diverse group of teachers to fill open positions in Miami-Dade’s highest need public schools. Under the grant, $15,000 is allocated to Teach For America’s Teaching and Learning Summits, which provide professional development for local teachers. At the September 20th Teaching and Learning Summit, State Farm will distribute all supplies collected during this summer’s drive.

“State Farm is committed to improving education in the communities where we work and live. Too many students and teachers struggle to obtain even the basic equipment that we may take for granted, like pens and paper,” said Jose Soto, State Farm public affairs specialist. “Every member of the community who makes a donation is part of the larger work to end the inequity and obstacles that children growing up in poverty face each day.” Members of the community can make donations in their local State Farm agent’s offices through August 18th, and the most needed supplies include pencils, pens, erasers, markers, folders, paper and scissors.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Our corps in the 2013-14 school year included 11,000 teachers in 48 urban and rural regions across the country. Today, our 37,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About State Farm
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. Our 17,800 agents and more than 66,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts—more than 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com.



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