Repair the World, an organization dedicated to mobilizing Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, highlighted the success of its “Backpacks for Education Equity” campaign, which is more than three-quarters of the way towards its goal of distributing 10,000 backpacks across the United States.

“As we approach our campaign goal, we know that 10,000 school children across the country will arrive in their classrooms better prepared to learn, perform and thrive,” said Eli Greenstein Jacober, director of campaigns for Repair the World. “Studies show that students who arrive with materials and basic supplies perform exponentially better.”

A Communities in Schools 2019-20 study determined that “students who arrive in the classroom with all requested materials perform 54% better than their peers who are lacking basic supplies.”

The National Center for Children in Poverty estimates that more than 16 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Those children live in households struggling to afford basic necessities, including school supplies, which are not provided by local, state or federal agencies.

“If we reach our goal, we will only be supporting a small fraction of the national need, and yet there will be an immeasurable difference for those students who can succeed with the essential supplies they need,” said Eli. “Committed to the Jewish value of recognizing the preciousness of each human, kavod habriyot, our volunteers will continue to help.”

Backpack donations will be accepted until Aug. 31.

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