Walt Disney World cast members recently gave their time to help organize & distribute supplies to local children in need of back-to-school essentials. Thousands of boxes of crayons, rulers, folders and packs of notebook paper were given to students and teachers in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, and Polk counties of Central Florida in partnership with the “A Gift For Teaching and S.T.A.R.S. (Supplies to Assist Our Students)” organizations. Not only did the Disney VoluntEars give their time to the effort but they also donated very generously, giving nearly 1 million school supplies – ranging from pencils to scissors. The annual drive hit an all-time high by donating more than 2 million school supplies to “A Gift For Teaching.”
“With their substantial donations, Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members are at the forefront of helping us collect as many school supplies as we can for students in struggling families and the teachers that are compelled to help them,” said Jane Thompson, president of A Gift For Teaching. (- WDW Public Affairs)
In addition, Disney VoluntEars recently distributed 6,460 backpacks, filled with 1.3 million school supplies, through the S.T.A.R.S. program & will benefit students at 13 Orange County public elementary schools in areas of high need.