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UWCK and Publix Raise a Record Amount for Keys Students’ Success

For students throughout the Florida Keys, school just got a little better.  The United Way of Collier and the Keys announced that over $45,000 was raised to help Monroe County students this year.  These funds are the result of two efforts – the United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign coordinated with Tools for Back to School from Publix.

“This year the amount of money raised by Stuff the Bus and Publix’s Tools for Back to School is legendary,” said Superintendent of Schools Theresa Axford.  “This is such a great thing the community does to support the needs of our kids. The school district can’t say enough about this program and we have a big heart full of thanks for Publix and United Way of Collier and the Keys for all of their support.”

United Way of Collier and the Keys’ annual Stuff the Bus program is the largest back-to-school campaign in Monroe County. It provides supplies for each of the 16 public schools in the county. 100% of the funds were passed directly to the schools so that they may purchase the exact supplies their students and classrooms need.  Tools for Back to School funds were distributed as Publix gift cards and Stuff the Bus funds were given as Amazon.com gift cards, allowing schools lots of flexibility in meeting their students’ needs.

“We are grateful to our customers and associates for their support of our Tools for Back to School campaign. Together, we raised more than $4.2 million to help students who may not have basic learning materials such as pens and paper,” said Robyn Hankerson, Publix Community Relations Manager. “In some classrooms, teachers have been known to use their own money to provide these resources to students. With Tools for Back to School, teachers and students can have the tools they need to be successful.”

“As always, the generosity of our community is amazing,” said United Way of Collier and the Keys Florida Keys Area President Leah Stockton.  “Through the collaborative efforts of supporters, United Way, and Publix, we help ensure that every child is equipped for academic achievement.  Ultimately, this program strengthens local families and our Monroe County community.”