Single Parent Advocate kicks Off School Supply Drive
Single Parent Advocate kicks-off its back to school supply drive to help single parent families get ready for the upcoming school year. Donors are needed to help meet the growing need for school clothing and supplies.
Donations of cash and school supplies are needed. There are a number of designated collection points in various parts of the city. Donors can bring 3-ring binders, composition notebooks, glue sticks ,12 count Crayola colored pencils, 8 count Crayola washable markers, zippered pencil pouches, scissors and various size backpacks and other items. A full list of needs is listed on the site at www.singleparentadvocate.org. Donations will be accepted now through July 30, 2011.
“There is a large number of single parent families unable to meet all of their needs that don’t qualify for assistance from existing programs,” said Stacie Martin, Founder and Executive Director of SPA. “Their kids need our help.”
One in four children in the U.S. is being raised by a single parent – a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than other developed countries, according to a 2011 report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development after it studied 27 industrialized countries.
The US has 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with a 14.9 percent average across the other countries. The U.S. also lacks policies to help support families, including childcare at work and national paid maternity leave, which are commonplace in other countries.
Single parents in the U.S. were more likely to be employed but they also have higher rates of poverty. ‘The in-work poverty is higher in the U.S. than other OECD countries, because at the bottom end of the labor market, earnings are very low,’ said Willem Adema, a senior economist in the group’s social policy division.
School officials say that a child that starts the year off without school supplies, starts the year at an emotional and educational disadvantage; and for some it’s extremely hard to overcome. Plano & Allen ISD’s both show sharp increases in disadvantage children, and in single parent families according to statistics.
Those wanting to donate can drop off items at Chick-fil-A or Office Max, at the intersection of Park and Plano Pkwy in Plano, or This Side Up Family Fun Center, Genesis Children’s Theatre, or Heritage Farmstead on or before July 30, 2011. North Texas Kid’s and Deals in DFW are serving as media sponsors.
Donors can also choose to sponsor a family for $250.00. Anyone who signs up will be eligible for a drawing to win 2 tickets to Studio Movie Grill.
Single Parent Advocate is a non-profit organization committed to educating, equipping and empowering single parents with resources, practical assistance, emotional encouragement and social networking to better their lives, and those of their children. We are truly blessed to have a growing base of volunteers who selflessly and passionately possess the desire to help single parent families in need.
For more information and drop off locations, log on to the website at www.singleparentadvocate.org