LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Yoobi, an innovative school, home and office supplies company that gives back, joined GoFundMe, the world's largest social fundraising platform, today at a school-wide donation event at the Arts in Action Elementary School in Los Angeles. The donation, which kicked off with an assembly featuring Yoobi's Chief Giving Officer Justin Wolff, Arts in Action Elementary School Principal Elysa Vargas and GoFundMe's Head of Education Kevin Madsen, is the culmination of the "We Love Teachers" fundraising contest launched during Teacher Appreciation Week. The contest's winner – Ms. Jade Aposhian – is a 1st grade teacher at Arts in Action Elementary who raised $590 during her campaign.
"We are thrilled to be honoring Ms. Aposhian as the winner of the 'We Love Teachers' contest today," said Justin Wolff, Yoobi's Chief Giving Officer. "Ms. Aposhian's commitment to her students and persistent drive to improve her teaching is a model for all of us. Thanks to her dedication and hard work the kids of Arts in Action Elementary will have enough school supplies to finish the school and start next year on a high note. We thank GoFundMe for partnering with us to support hardworking teachers, like Ms. Aposhian, who help shape the future for so many kids."
Through its partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), Yoobi donated "Classroom Packs" – boxes filled with essential school supplies – to more than 400 students across the school. Each Classroom Pack includes hundreds of core learning tools – enough for a class of up to 30 students – and consists of pencils, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, folders, crayons, colored pencils, markers and more.
"We firmly believe that all teachers should have the tools necessary to provide quality education to their students," said Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe. "We're glad we had this chance to partner with Yoobi to reward dedicated educators like Ms. Aposhian and help provide resources to classrooms across the country. We encourage GoFundMe's community of donors to continue to support all of our hardworking teachers across the country who educate and inspire our kids."
In early May, as part of Teacher Appreciation Week, Yoobi and GoFundMe launched a $100,000 "We Love Teachers" fundraising contest, a national initiative to support K-12 teachers. As part of the initiative and in an effort to further reduce teachers' out-of-pocket spending, GoFundMe will donate $1,000 to 100 GoFundMes created by and for K-12 teachers.
Studies show that when kids have access to basic learning tools, their test scores, attendance and classroom behavior improve significantly. According to a recent study by KINF, when kids come to school with adequate school supplies, teachers found:
- 82% increase in classroom participation
- 60% increase in homework completion
- 94% increase in classroom preparedness
- 71% increase in student attendance
- 76% increase in student interest in learning
"I thank Yoobi and GoFundMe for their generous donation to our students and teachers at Arts in Action Elementary," said Principal Elysa Vargas. "Their generosity is providing more than 400 of our kids with the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and finish the school year strong."
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Founded in 2014, Yoobi is an innovative school, home and office supplies company that operates on a "One for you, One for me" model – for every Yoobi item purchased, Yoobi donates an item to a U.S. classroom in need. Classrooms are defined by Yoobi's non-profit partner Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) as K-5 classrooms in schools where 70 percent or more of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch through the National School Lunch Program. To date, Yoobi has impacted nearly 2.5 million kids, donating over 32 million school supplies.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world's largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.