Back-to-School Drive for Native American Students

Published by The Bee News

July 26, 2021

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Back-to-School Drive for Native American Students

August is National Back-to-School Month and many families are preparing their shopping lists with all they need for the new school year. However, many families who reside in reservation communities within Arizona do not have the means to purchase even basic supplies, such as paper and pencils.

Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA), a nonprofit organization that aids reservations in the Southwest and Northern Plains, is helping to equip nearly 15,000 K-12 students with school supplies this back-to-school season. The distribution will help more than 6,000 students across 28 schools in Arizona.

School supplies are essential to a student’s learning and success in the classroom but with nearly two-thirds of Native American children living in impoverished or low-income households, it’s no surprise these items are low on the priority list for parents whose budgets are already stretched incredibly thin.

PWNA’s annual backpack drive helps ensure students in the reservation communities they serve have backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other basic items for their first day in the classroom. For more information on how PWNA is helping to end the cycle of poverty through education or to donate to the annual drive, you can visit

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