600 Students Given Amazing Surprise on First Day of School
Hundreds of lucky kids had a first day of school that was better than most. Thanks to the Kids in Need Foundation, Bic pen company, and other sponsors, 600 students at Brooklyn P.S. 276 in New York were given backpacks filled with all the school supplies they would need for the school year!
When the students learned about it, they were ecstatic and grateful. “It has been amazing today to see the energy of the students [and], the energy of the teachers,” Todd Kehley of Bic told Inside Edition. “There was nothing better on the first day of school.”
The giving out of school supplies is in line with the mission of the KINF which is “to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies to students most in need.”
“When students have the basic supplies, their attitude, their behavior and even their self-esteem increases,” Dave Smith of KINF said.
While it is easy to regard the surprise as simple, teachers at the school know how difficult it is for students who do not even have the basic supplies they need.
“They were so happy and I’ve never seen them this way. They were so excited. I can see the excitement on their faces, they were thrilled!” teacher Alice Whitaker said. “They were so happy and they were looking at stuff that they never saw before.”
A recent School Supply Impact Survey conducted by KINF revealed the many benefits of students having basic supplies such as increased classroom engagement, improvement in grades and classroom behavior, increased self-esteem, as well as better attitude towards school and learning in general.
The foundation had already distributed almost $900 million worth of school supplies to children in need all over the country in its 22 years of existence.
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