Throughout the month of July, Pearlridge Center partnered with Ground Transport Inc., Amy’s Hallmark, and T&C Surf to hold a school supply drive for students in need. Continuing the annual tradition, the mall asked community members to drop off donations, such as pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, and footwear.
In partnership with the Department of Education, Pearlridge Center determined which supplies were most necessary to students in need and placed collection bins in the shape of school buses throughout the mall.
Last year, the donations provided more than 600 students with supplies. This year’s event collected approximately 2,000 donated supplies, which included more than 300 notebooks, 200 packs of pens and pencils, 300 packs of crayons and markers, and 150 bottles of glue and glue sticks.
At the end of the month, the Department of Education distributed the school supplies to local students, ensuring that they are equipped to head back to school and feel confident in the classroom.
In addition to Stuff the Bus, Pearlridge also held its semi-annual Rhea Lana Consignment Shop pop-up event, aimed to help families lighten the cost of sending their students back to school. The event included quality children’s items at a fraction of the cost. At the conclusion of the event, foster and adoptive families were invited to shop the donated items free of charge.
Pearlridge Center was just one of the WPG malls that supported its community through Stuff the Bus events during the back-to-school season, and the team there is already looking forward to hosting a back-to-school drive again next year.