$200,000 worth of supplies were distributed to Palm Beach County schools

RIVIERA BEACH, FL — Hundreds of students in Palm Beach County will receive free new school supplies next week thanks to the annual Tools for Schools program.

For the 20th year, Red Apple Supplies, the educational organization of Palm Beach County’s free teacher resource store, has partnered with Publix Super Markets to distribute more than $201,000 in essential school supplies to teachers from 120 Title I district schools.

Teachers and school administrators traveled to the Red Apple supply store in Riviera Beach as early as 8 a.m. to pick up supplies from volunteers, forming a line long enough to go around the building and continue down the street.

Volunteers loaded cars with supplies while others served hot chocolate and sweets.

Education Foundation President Jim Moore also served as a disc jockey at the event while a barbershop quartet serenaded the drivers while they waited for supplies. Even Santa Claus visited this event.

Palm Beach County Superintendent Michael Burke said the event is especially needed with one in five students in the district at the poverty level.

“This goes a long way to making sure kids have the supplies they need to stay in the classroom,” Burke said.

Dwayne Dennard, principal of Pahokee Middle and High School, echoed Burke’s words, emphasizing the need for supplies.


Dwayne Dennard, principal of Pahokee Middle and High School, explains the importance of free school supplies to his students.

Dennard said that 99% of the students at his school are on a free or reduced meal program, which indicates a significant financial need.

“Without these supplies, many of our children will not be able to reach their full potential,” Dennard said. “We lost some children because we didn’t have these types of supplies. It’s a great opportunity for parents and students with the current inflation situation.”

The supplies distributed included everything from laptops to headphones and more.

Burke said the supplies would be distributed to students at the school next week.

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