The on-site Distribution Center is a central part of Urban Alliance’s outreach efforts. For over six years, in collaboration with World Vision, the Distribution Center has hosted the Teacher Resource Center (TRC), which has supported the academic success of thousands of students in the Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, and New Britain school districts. Since 2020, the Windsor, South Windsor, and Enfield school districts have also been included. So far, for the 2021-2022 school year, we’ve served approximately 7,000 students, from over 20 schools, and over 1070 teachers have had the opportunity to come out to shop at the TRC for free!

According to experts, for the 2021-2022 school year,  it will cost parents $268 per child to purchase back-to-school ‘core’ supplies, $849 by the end of the school year (on average). It’s easy to understand why many students from low-income families are not equipped with all their school supplies on the first day of school and often struggle to meet their educational goals. Teachers will support their students by donating school supplies to help them focus on their education and not on the burden of the effects of poverty. In Connecticut, unreimbursed teacher spending ranges from $500-$1000 dollars yearly.

UA is committed to supporting teachers and increasing the academic success of students, particularly those from financially vulnerable households. This year each teacher from the 55 schools currently partnering with UA, will receive up to $1000 in school supplies to help them support their students’ academic goals.

At the start of this year’s school year the Teacher Resource Center opened its doors to welcome hundreds of teachers. Many say shopping at the TRC is like Christmas!

“I feel overwhelmed with the kindness from all of you. I can’t believe all of the stuff you are giving away. I’m overwhelmed by your generosity.” (”Ms. Lee, Kennelley Elementary School)

“The look on their faces is priceless and we all here at Pulaski really appreciate and are grateful for this opportunity. Every time we go to the Teacher Resource Center, we feel extremely happy because thanks to you we can provide materials and important necessities…” (Ms. Ana Davila, Pulaski Middle School)

A parent from Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts shared earlier this year, “Thanks so much for this. I really appreciate it.”

Urban Alliance, in collaboration with World Vision, is committed to seeing students thrive! Learn how you can join us in helping to support academic success in our region. We believe we can do this Better Together.

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