The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a nonprofit construction trade association, created a “Back To School Drive” this year to donate backpacks and school supplies to the Children’s First Academies in Tempe and Phoenix. One-hundred percent of the students and their families are at the poverty line and 68 percent of the students are homeless. There are approximately 300 students, grades K-9, being educated at the Phoenix campus and a little over 200 students, grades K-8, being educated at the Tempe campus.
The schools provide stability and hope for kids amid a chaotic world of homelessness and hopelessness; many of the children live in motels, shelters and many live doubled up.
Children First Academy works to provide the necessities, care and attention that so many homeless and low socioeconomic children lack, The ABA provided more than 220 backpacks and supplies at the Tempe campus and over 350 backpacks and supplies at the Phoenix campus to homeless children, totaling more than $10,000 in supplies.