El Segundo’s Yoobi gives local students access to school supplies

99.5% of all teachers buy essential classroom materials them- selves, averaging $485 a year per teacher?

Pencils, crayons, scissors, paper—the necessities of a classroom. Each kid deserves to get their hands on an ample supply of what they need to complete their assignments. But would you believe that 99.5% of all teachers buy these and other essential classroom materials them- selves, averaging $485 a year per teacher?*

For K–12, that’s $1.6 billion in annual school supply spending coming right out of the teachers’ paychecks. Unacceptable.

An El Segundo company set out to change that. And they already are.

Yoobi’s mission is simple: Buy one of their supplies, and another one goes to a classroom in need here in the U.S.

Each donation goes into a Classroom Pack, full of the fundamental tools students need most.

The company partnered with the Kids in Need Foundation to make sure the boxes get distributed to classrooms with the greatest need, and that includes many schools right here in Southern California. Recording artist and The Voice judge Pharrell Williams partnered with Yoobi for a special collection that launched here in Inglewood last year. Target even started exclusively carrying the supplies at their retail locations.

Since starting two years ago, the young, philanthropic company has impacted more than 2 million deserving kids. That’s worthy of an A+.

Buy supplies online and find out more about Yoobi at yoobi.com.

* Source: National School Supply and Equipment Association, Retail Market Awareness Study for year 2013