“Write from the Start” sends students back to school ready to learn

Thank you to the many individuals and businesses who participated in the Write from the Start School Supply Drive this summer. Together, we collected 10,200 lbs of new school supplies for VPS students to start the school year ready to learn! An initiative of Vancouver Public Schools, Write from the Start is supported by the Foundation for VPS and corporate partners. 50 businesses and organizations held in-house collections, KOIN 6 and Alpha Media provided media coverage, Dutch Bros Coffee and Papa Murphys offered donors promotional incentives, and volunteers from iQ Credit Union and Umpqua Bank helped sort supplies. For the third year, Foundation for VPS “Community Champion” Dick Hannah Dealerships donated $10,000 in matching funds. With an additional $5,437 in individual cash donations, Family-Community Resource Center staff were able to purchase all the essential supplies from school “wish lists”. Thanks to a generous community, students at every school in the district were able to start the year with the tools they need to be successful.