FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Today, the Moss Foundation donated thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies to Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Martin Luther King Elementary, Banyan Elementary, Wilton Manors Elementary, Sheridan Park Elementary, Innovation Charter, Northside Elementary, and North Lauderdale Elementary schools in Broward County. The school supplies were purchased with generous contributions from Moss Construction employees and business partners, totaling $117,000, for distribution to fourteen schools, most of them being Title I schools in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.
The Foundation donated a wide variety of materials to fit K-8 student needs, including uniforms, socks, undergarments, shoes, backpacks, paper, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, binders, hand sanitizer, scissors, crayons, markers, glue sticks and headphones, among other materials. The total amount raised to purchase the materials is more than double the highest amount raised in the 17 years this Back-to-School Drive has taken place.
“The Moss Foundation strives to give back to the community. By providing school supplies to students in the tri-county region, we hope to alleviate any additional stress and burden that families may be facing in making sure that students are set up for academic success,” said President of the Moss Foundation, Chad Moss.
For 17 years, this drive has been championed by Lenette Delahoz, an employee of Moss. “Nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing that you are providing so many students with the materials they need to have a successful school year. This is not only for the kids, but also for their families,” said Lenette, who leads a team of more than 30 volunteers tasked with shopping, sorting, packing, and delivering the school supplies to participating schools.
Moss’ executives, superintendents, interns, and employees, left the Foundation’s warehouse together in their fleet vehicles to deliver the materials to each location. Recipient schools from other counties included Roosevelt Elementary, South Grade Elementary, and Barton Elementary schools in Palm Beach; and Kinloch Elementary, Santa Clara Elementary, and Phyllis Wheatley Elementary schools in Miami-Dade.
Moss Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, provides funding to non-profits that empower students, veterans and first responders and encourage them to embrace opportunities, innovate and overcome challenges. Moss Foundation is led by President Chad Moss and was established by Moss & Associates, a national construction management firm.