Cricket’s Circle Loves STATE

Posted 8/26/2014 At 3:42pm

Thanks Cricket’s Circle for the feature! With the Kane and the Garfield, we’ve got the little ones covered this school year.

Philadelphia Bound

Posted 8/26/2014 At 11:33am

This Wednesday will be big. Beyoncé show-stopping, end-of-summer -worthy, cheesesteak-guzzling, two bag -drops-in-one-day BIG.

That’s right. August 27th will be one of the most colossal days in buy-one, give-one backpack history. We’ve teamed up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to execute two bag drops, one with #BeyGOOD, and the other in partnership with Urban Outfitters.

The first will take place at the Shane Victorino Club in Nicetown, PA, the second at the Bridesburg Boys and Girls Club. Upwards of 500 bags will be given away.

 Philly needs us! Nearly 1 billion dollars was cut form Pennsylvania’s K-12 education budget last year, “The City of Brotherly Love” taking the largest toll in the state. Our mission is to serve kids in our own backyard who are struggling from critical economic circumstances and dismal education systems. The Boys and Girls Club was also found to serve American youth and inspire them to reach their full potential as responsible citizens.

We can’t wait to outfit the students of Philly- we’re around the corner!

STATEments from Maryland

Posted 8/25/2014 At 10:02pm

This bag drop was one for the books (and not just because we helped give 1,200 away).

This past Thursday at the Moravia Park Elementary in partnership with the Family League of Baltimore and YMCA of Central Maryland, STATE X #BeyGOOD were able to provide 250 kids with a STATE backpack. The kids were also able to indulge in STATE’s SUPPLY SHOP, and, thanks to First Book, their selection of new reads.

The wild success of last week’s drop would not have been possible without the help of AFT- Maryland, and the Family League of Baltimore. Many thanks to these wonderful organizations, as well as to Deputy Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Councilman Brandon M. Scott for showing up at the Y to spread the love!

STATE Capitol!

Posted 8/22/2014 At 1:16pm

STATE Capitol- Our Bag Drop In D.C!

Posted 8/21/2014 At 2:35am

Pit stop #3 on our East Coast #BeyGOOD X STATE tour will be to Turner Elementary School in Washington, D.C to help make their school year #BeyGREAT!

Nearly 1 in 5 Washingtonians is below the poverty line, those odds increasing to 1 in 3 for children.

This is why we’ve partnered with the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, who works to empower and ensure high-quality opportunities for DC’s youth. DCAYA envisions every child as having value and commitment to their community.  We at STATE hope to propel them towards self-confidence by outfitting them in style. Hundred of backpacks as well as school supplies will be handed out, not to mention the dance party motivational rally put on by our PackMen, Rick and Rodger, and DJ Fame.

Watch your back D.C, we’re on our way!

STATE’s Heading to the Chesapeake! Stop #2—Baltimore!

Posted 8/20/2014 At 2:54pm

The second stop on our back-to-school, backpack bonanza is Baltimore.

Baltimore is the second- deadliest city in America, has a steadily climbing violent crime rate and 10 percent unemployment. Named a “City in Crisis” by America’s Promise Alliance, Baltimore’s high school graduation rate is only 41 percent.

That’s why STATE is going tomorrow to Charm City to charm some kids. Thanks to a partnership with Family League of Baltimore and, of course, #BeyGOOD, we’ll be able to donate fresh bags and school supplies to students to Moravia Park Elementary.  

Across STATE Lines

Posted 8/19/2014 At 7:22pm

The east coast STATE  X #BeyGOOD tour is underway and it’s all smiles in Charlotte, North Carolina.

STATE PackMen Rick and Roger along with DJ Fame, #BeyGOOD program advisor Ivy McGregor, and Communities In Schools - Charlotte gave the kids at Bruns Academy a lift in terms of spirit and back-to-school swag. 

270 STATE bags were delivered to students, as well as hundreds of erasers, rulers, pencils, notebooks, and sharpeners. Instead of stuffing the bags for the kids, we instituted the SUPPLY SHOP for the first time ever to allow students to furnish their own packs with all the essentials. Bruns Academy has the highest percentage of Title I students in the district, which is why STATE was honored to throw them a motivational rally to propel them to make the right choices and pursue knowledge and excellence this coming school year.

We’d like to thank all of the dedicated STATE teamers and Charlotte natives who made yesterday such a success. Bruns Academy - STATE has your back!

STATE of Schools - Back-to-School Budgeting

Posted 8/19/2014 At 10:09am

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As education budgets are being cut, school supply costs are growing. The struggle surrounding “stuff” for school not only hurts the pocketbook, but also the self-esteem of the student. NYU professor Jonathan Simmerman feels that “The quality of your education shouldn’t vary with your ability to pay,” Read this NBC News article about the democracy of school supplies. And if you’d like to be a part of the solution, head here to help stuff our bags with the necessities as we tour the Northeast. 

First Stop- North Carolina!

Posted 8/18/2014 At 9:45am

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The maiden voyage on the 2014 #BeyGOOD X STATE collaboration road trip will be to Charlotte, North Carolina. And here’s why.

Charlotte has one of the largest school districts in the country, with a graduation rate of only 56 percent. A little less than a quarter of Charlotte’s children live below the poverty level, and per the 2014 state budget, the state legislature will no longer fund public school enrollment growth.

That’s why STATE is swinging by Bruns Academy this morning to give away some bags and supplies to students. Thanks to our local partner Communities in Schools- Charlotte for helping make it happen!

Stay tuned for updates and pics as we tour the Northeast with #BeyGOOD!

Jason Polan Loves New York

Posted 8/17/2014 At 12:55pm

Jason Polan is the artist equivalent of Brandon Stanton, who runs Humans of New York. Polan has resolved to sketch every person in New York City. Models, baseball players, museum goers, newspaper readers; everyone. Check out his work so far on his blog.

 If you email your whereabouts a day in advance to art@jasonpolan.com you can even get a drawing of yourself posted.