During a year when back-to-school donations were in short supply, Real Estate Investment Management Group Grover Corlew, along with their employees and tenants of the company’s buildings, came together to donate backpacks, folders, notebooks, pencils, art supplies and more, to ensure that students in need returned to school prepared for learning. Broward and Palm Beach County’s Title I school students and teachers will benefit from the donations, which are available to teachers through the Broward Education Foundation and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.
“If it weren’t for the Broward Education Foundation and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, many students in our community would not begin the school year prepared with even the basic necessities,” said Partner Anuj Grover. “As a father, I know just how expensive it can be to adequately prepare a child for learning each year. Teachers also spend money to buy supplies for their classrooms. We hope to ease the burden with these donations, particularly for those struggling to get by. Every little bit helps.”
Prior to the pandemic, more than 200,000 students in Broward County Public Schools were living in poverty, based on qualification and participation in the National School Lunch Program where students receive meals at school for free or at a discount. And in Palm Beach County, nearly 70% of schools are designated as Title I schools, where 70% of children live at or below the poverty level. According to 90% of teachers surveyed by the national non-profit Kids in Need Foundation, three in four students arrive to class without the requisite school supplies necessary for learning.
Not only has Covid drastically increased the need for basic school supplies for students in Title I schools, but the school supply centers in these counties are also reporting low levels of donations this year due to the fallout from COVID-19.
Donated school supplies will stock the shelves of Broward Education Foundation’s School Supply Center in Pompano Beach, and the Red Apple Supplies store in Riviera Beach, where teachers from Title I schools shop for free to equip students with supplies needed during the school year.
“This past year has been particularly difficult for students and teachers, so we are proud to support organizations that provide the necessary tools that these students need to succeed and that teachers need to thrive,” added Partner Mark Corlew.
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Real estate veterans with a proven track record of more than 100 years of combined industry experience lead Grover Corlew in acquiring, transforming and managing office, multifamily and retail properties across the southeastern U.S., with a focus on Florida. The Grover Corlew team has developed, owned and managed 10,000+ units and more than 10 million sq. ft. of commercial space, taking a personalized approach to investor and tenant relationships, which has attracted corporate headquarters to Grover Corlew signature buildings. The company is actively developing new projects that will continue to help revitalize and stimulate local communities.