A Back-to-School Boxing Match

Shoebox art.jpgIf your kids are like our kids, they’re a little bit bored by now. Camp is over, they’ve caught all the Pokemon in the neighborhood, and it’s not the night before school starts (so there’s no real reason to get moving on the summer reading).

You have to go back-to-school shopping anyway, so why not make this year’s trip extra-fun? You can join the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Boxed for Success School Supply Drive, decorate shoebox(es) any clever way you like, and fill them with new school supplies for disadvantaged kids. It’s a sweet project that will make a big difference in the life of a child.

Need more incentive? All decorated shoeboxes will be entered to win prizes in the following categories:

  • Best overall ($200 Amazon gift card)
  • Most creative ($25 Carmike Cinemas gift card)
  • Best theme ($25 Carmike Cinemas gift card)
  • Most color ($25 Carmike Cinemas gift card)

Here’s a school supply wish list (please make sure all items are new): Crayons, pencils, washable markers, blunt-tip scissors, notebooks, cap erasers, colored pencils, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, wide-rule loose-leaf paper, pencil pouches/boxes, rulers, and bottles of white glue. Include your name and contact information inside the box. The United Way will use that information to thank participants and enter them in the contest.

Drop boxes at the Town of Palm Beach United Way (44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M201); The Palm Beach Daily News (400 Royal Palm Way, Suite 100); any Palm Beach Fire Rescue station; UBS Financial (440 Royal Palm Way, Suite 300); Brown Harris Stevens (353 Worth Avenue); or the Palm Beach Recreation Center (340 Seaview Avenue).

If you’re not feeling creative but still want to help, don’t fret. All donations are welcomed and appreciated, even if they’re not in a decorated box. This year’s beneficiaries are three Palm Beach County elementary schools (Palm Springs, Pioneer Park and Pine Grove) where the majority of students come from low-income homes.

For more information, visit the Town of Palm Beach United Way website or call 561-655- 1919.


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