By Charity Lindsey
VICTORVILLE – The smiles beaming across a class full of fourth grade faces Wednesday morning were thanks to a company on a mission to give school supplies to classrooms in need, including those at Park View Elementary School.
Yoobi’s motto is “one for you, one for me,” meaning for every Yoobi product bought, they donate an item to a classroom in need in the United States.
The company has teamed up with Inland Empire United Way to provide boxes of supplies to schools in the area. United Way Regional Director Cari Thomas said that 1,700 Yoobi boxes have been donated in the Inland Empire.
All of the schools within Victor Elementary School District were chosen as beneficiaries and Thomas, along with district officials, visited classrooms at Park View on Wednesday to personally deliver the boxes. The first was Shelley Wong’s fourth grade class.
As Thomas reached in and pulled out items from the colorful Yoobi box, the students made guesses at what could be inside.
“Sharpeners!” was the popular guess, as it was quickly learned that the classroom’s pencil sharpener no longer functioned properly. After colored pencils, crayons and erasers were revealed, sharpeners was finally the correct guess, and the students cheered in delight.
Thomas said when she pulled out the plastic rulers in front of one class, the teacher happily announced that students could finally crumple the make-shift paper rulers she’d made them.
After presenting the donations, Thomas read a letter from Yoobi included in the box, addressed to the teacher.
“We want to say an extra special thank you for all that you do for your kids,” the letter read. “For all the glue sticks you bought to cement your kids’ imaginations, for all the crayons you provided to color their dreams, and for the countless hours you dedicate after closing bells rings, we thank you.”
Thomas encouraged the students to tell their parents about Yoobi, which is sold at Target stores, and to stay in touch with the company by sharing photos of them using their new school supplies. To learn more about Yoobi, visit www.yoobi.com.