Cooley has supported the Pencils and Paper Project (through Jewish Family Services)
Over 50% of Rochester’s children live in poverty. Rochester’s child poverty rate is the second-highest among U.S. cities with a population of 200,000 or more.
It is hard to imagine a child who does not have a pencil and paper to complete basic daily lessons, and yet every day in public, private, charter and parochial schools in our community, children of all ages attend class without the most basic supplies needed to be successful in school. Moreover, dedicated teachers often spend between $500 and $1,200 of their own money each school year to ensure that the students in their classrooms have the tools they need to learn.
Pencils & Paper is stocked with basic classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, pens, glue, markers, art supplies, tissues, toothpaste and toothbrushes and much, much more (most items are new). There is no cash register and everything in the store is free. Items can only be used for the benefit of students in need in our community.