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(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Today’s teachers on average spend between $400 and $600 of their own money on school supplies for their classrooms.

In an effort to help those teachers, the Broward Education Foundation Tools for Schools Broward with partner national school supply firm Yoobi recently presented boxes of colorful new supplies to kindergarten and first grade students at Orange Brook Elementary. It’s part of Yoobi’s donation to Tools for School Broward that includes 1,380 “Classroom Packs” filled with enough pencils, glue sticks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, folders, glue bottles, pencil cases, crayons, colored pencils, markers, scissors and Yoobi tickers for the entire classroom.

“Tools for Schools Broward provides more than $500,000 in free school supplies each year to teachers in Broward schools that qualify for federal assistance as Title I schools,” said Thomas Severino, president/CEO of the Broward Education Foundation. “It’s fundamental that our students have what they need to succeed in the classroom. When we present the Yoobi supplies, the kids are excited and the teachers are so appreciative. It’s a win-win for everyone in the classroom.”

The brightly-colored Yoobi school supplies found at Target are displayed under the banner “one for me; one for you,” reflecting the company’s pledge to donate an item to a classroom in need for every item purchased. The Los Angeles-based company plans to donate products to more than 30,000 classrooms nationwide by the end of 2015.

About the Broward Education Foundation:

Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.

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