Golden Valley Nonprofit PRISM Seeks School Supplies
Golden Valley nonprofit PRISM is raising awareness about a critical back-to-school need.
PRISM has about 400 kids registered for its annual supply drive. But PRISM officials say it does not have enough backpacks and school supplies to meet that need. The nonprofit says rising costs have made it increasing difficult for families to purchase all the necessary items.
“Inflation is at a 40-year high and we’re seeing that impact on school supplies as well. There’s about about 30 percent increase and research shows families will spend up to $800 a year on school supplies. This is a major financial burden. And this is something we can help with,” said Michelle Ness, executive director of PRISM.
PRISM has set a goal of raising $10,000 to fill the gap. The nonprofit is about a third of the way there.
It’s also hosting a school supply drive. Backpacks are among the most needed items.
“Kids need to have these items. There’s a reason there’s a list provided by the schools. We want to make sure kids have all the items they need to be successful,” said Ness.
The school supply drive takes place Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at PRISM in Golden Valley, 1220 Zane Ave. N.