Tim Holt served as President/CEO of the National School Supply & Equipment Association from 1980-2010. He passed away in November 2010 after a brave battle with lung cancer. The Tim Holt Bright Start product program is intended to honor his memory and 30 years of service to EDmarket.
The purpose of the Tim Holt Bright Product Donation Program is to assist underprivileged school in need of quality instructional materials, furniture, supplies and equipment. EDmarket is proud to partner with The Kids In Need Foundation to collect and redistribute post-show product donations at both EDexpo and EDspaces.
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to prepare children to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. Its National Network of Resource Centers includes 32 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. KINF also assists students who have gone through natural disasters by providing new backpacks and supplies, and manages two Teacher Grant programs that award preK-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning experiences for students.
The Education Market Association works with the Kids In Need Foundation to coordinate local donations of product following EDexpo and EDspaces. KINF has distributed more than $500 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting more than 2.4 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.5 million in grants to teachers. For more information, visit www.kinf.org.
EDmarket provides college scholarships for EDmarket members' employees and/or their children through the annual John L. Spalding Memorial Scholarship Program. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student for undergraduate education. An award of $500 is also included to cover travel expenses to accept the award at EDmarket EDexpo in Las Vegas, NV in March 2016.
First Book is a national 501(c)(3) organization that provides new books to children in need in the United States and Canada. This year First Book will celebrate its 20th year and distribute its 100 millionth new book. They do this by partnering with leading children's book publishers to provide free and deeply discounted books to programs and Title I schools serving children from low-income families. Recognizing that these programs and schools need much more than books, First Book has also successfully piloted the distribution of electronic resources, arts supplies and creative materials, audio-visual learning products, and a range of other school supplies and related equipment to the children we serve. Based on this strong success, First Book is now preparing to partner with a number of additional school supply and equipment providers to offer additional materials to programs serving children in need. First Book purchases millions of dollars' worth of deeply discounted educational products for distribution to this market segment each year, in addition to an in-kind contribution system to absorb products that partners may be interested in donating to First Book for redistribution.
First Book works with a broad range of publishing partners—including EDmarket members Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Charlesbridgeâ€”as well as a number of other industry leaders including Disney Publishing Worldwide, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House Children’s Books, Simon & Schuster and many more. First Book has also worked with educational material and content providers such as Berlitz, Hooked on Phonics, LeapFrog, and Rock 'n Learn. First Book is expanding this provider network so as to offer its rapidly growing network of programs the widest access to educational materials.
For more information, contact Erica Perl, Vice President, Publisher Relations at 202.639.0117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Taleysnik-Mehta, Director, National Book Bank at 202.639.0136 or via email at email@example.com.