Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Larry H. Miller dealerships in Avondale are holding “Driven to Assist,” school supply drive to help nearly 6,000 children in the Avondale Elementary School District go back to in-person learning equipped with the individual school supplies required for adherence with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
“When we learned of the need for individual school supplies for students attending schools within the Avondale Elementary School District, we jumped at the opportunity to help,” Ana Games, Avondale controller said in a prepared statement. “Finding a need in the community and gathering together to fulfill the need is embedded in our company culture, but it’s also a part of who we are individually; our employees love contributing to the community by giving back.”
Through Monday, Nov. 30, each of the three dealerships is asking employees and the public to help fill a vehicle with school supplies.
The most-needed school supplies include glue sticks, colored pens, pencils, highlighters, loose leaf paper, small covered pencil sharpeners, washable markers, pencil bags, composition books, calculators, Expo markers (low odor), hand sanitizer and tissues.
The district, which serves Kindergarten through eighth-grade students in Avondale and Goodyear, returned to in-person learning at 50 percent capacity in October, and teachers have been faced with the challenge of not enough school supplies.
Children are no longer able to share their supplies, due to safety concerns around the spread of COVID-19.
“Avondale Elementary School District is grateful to Larry H. Miller for their support in ensuring we are able to provide class supplies to develop individual sets for children,” Superintendent Dr. Betsy Hargrove said in a prepared statement. “Typically, we are able to share supplies such as crayons, markers, and scissors in classrooms and groups. This year, and with the concerns around COVID, all students are in need of individual sets to ensure safe use. As well, we have some students at home and others in the classroom and all students need to be able to have the supplies necessary to access the excellent instruction.”
The school supplies will be delivered to the district during the week of Dec. 1.
Locations where people may drop off supplies are Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Avondale, 10101 W. Papago Freeway; Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale, 10055 W. Papago Freeway; and Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Avondale, 10205 W. Papago Freeway.
The company operates more than 60 dealership locations under 20 automotive brands in seven western states. The group has 13 Arizona locations, including nine in Phoenix and four in Tucson.
Through its charitable organization, Larry H. Miller Charities, more than $1.5 million has been donated to qualified nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona since 1996.
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