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PENCILS & PAPER JOINS KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION NATIONAL NETWORK OF RESOURCE CENTERS

January 1

Rochester, NY -  January 2, 2018–  The Kids In Need Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers announced today it has added two teacher free stores to its network, including Pencils & Paper.  Affiliates being added to the Kids In Need Foundation National Network of Resource Centers are located in Plano, Texas and Rochester, New York.

The addition of Pencils and Paper, an essential service program of Jewish Family Service of Rochester, and the CORE Store, a program of Plano ISD Education Foundation in Plano brings the total number of affiliates in the Kids In Need Foundation National Network to 41 centers.  Inclusion in the network is by evaluation only and is based on a center’s stability and efficiency, among other criteria.

“Pencils & Paper and The CORE Store are two centers making an impact in their communities,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation.  “Their service models closely align with that originally designed by Kids In Need, and we are proud to be able to help them serve students most in need.
Affiliates of the Kids In Need National Network serve schools in their local areas where high percentages of students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. Although typically located in warehouses or similar environments, the facilities are set up the same as a retail store where any teacher would go to buy supplies for their students or classrooms.  The difference is that there is no charge for any of the school supplies or teaching aides taken from the shelves.

As an affiliate, Pencils & Paper is eligible to receive school supplies donated to the Kids In Need Foundation by manufacturers and retailers for redistribution to high need students, teachers and schools.   Since the organization’s founding in 1995, Kids In Need has distributed more than $900 million dollars worth of school supplies to the centers in the Network.  Combined with the product donated to the individual centers locally, the Network provides school and classroom supplies to 5.4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually.

About Pencils & Paper
Pencils & Paper serves the educational and creative needs of children in the Greater Rochester Area by providing free school supplies to teachers at high poverty schools.  Pencils and Paper is a program of Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization founded in 1923.  Since September 1, 2017, Pencils & Paper served 5,683 students, 296 teachers, 26 schools and distributed school supplies valued at $235,355.  For more information, visit www.pencilsandpaper.org, and visit us on Facebook at @pencilsandpaper or Instagram @jfsroch

About Kids in Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.  The kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed over $900 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually.  For more information, visit KINF.org and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @kidsinneed
 

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