Equip-A-Student was established in 2007 with the purpose of providing students with school supplies. Each year, we equip over 900 students with backpacks consisting of a pencil case fully supplied with: a box of crayons, an eraser, a glue stick, pencils, a six-inch ruler, a scissor, and a pencil sharpener. We are advocates for education and believe that having the essential resources for school facilitates learning.
We started out by equipping economically disadvantaged schools within our local community in Miami. What began as a local project, eventually became a global initiative. In 2007, we began by supplying two elementary schools in the Coconut Grove neighborhood. As we gained more exposure and support, we reached out to more schools. After establishing a network of nine schools in Miami, we decided to expand Equip-A-Student both nationally and globally.
The Sequoia Foundation in Brazil has been one of our greatest supporters. Sequoia is a fellow organization which promotes the arts and education in impoverished areas of Brazil. In addition, Sequoia has played a major role in advancing the arts in the United States, specifically in New York City. Equip-A-Student teamed up with Sequoia in 2009 to provide over 200 kits to students in Rio das Flores, Brazil while continuing our work in Miami.
Throughout the year, we work on fundraising for our cause. During the summer months, we contact school personnel to address their needs. In the beginning of the school year, we visit the schools and distribute the kits to the students. Every visit, the students’ faces illuminate when they receive their new supplies. Their excitement and gratitude is the fulfillment of our lifelong mission.
Our supplies are purchased from wholesale distributors who sell quality products. Our supplies come from Crayola, Elmers, Faber-Castell, Fiskars, and PaperMate, among others. Without the continual support of our donors, Equip-A-Student would not be possible. Our deepest gratitude is extended to our corporate sponsors and individual donors.