Images by: Crystal Candid Photography (the photo with founder and hashtag sign)
BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Paper Pencil PenHouston Tx
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:Paper Pencil Pen is a nonprofit organization that gives free school supplies to students Pre-K to College. Our mission is to give confidence to students with free school supplies and the proper tools to ensure that they are able to succeed.
We are set apart from the rest by having 2 events August and January per year and give all year long. Each request is customized for the student and is not a one time request for the student.
We also have adopted 11 classrooms so far nationwide.
I have been in love with school supplies since I was in kindergarten. I received free supplies in my elementary school.
Every one tells a student to go to school and graduate. But the student needs the basic school supplies to reach graduation.
THE STORY:My daughter was frustrated with school supplies shopping and the prices. I knew about the sales and shopping the clearance year round, so I began shopping for my granddaughter’s school supplies. My inventory began to be more than she needed and I gave supplies to my real estate clients’ children. In 2016 Paper Pencil Pen was formed for all students anywhere.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:
My proudest moment was when a Prairie View student walked up to my vendor table crying uncontrollably and told me that I didn’t forget about college students. She’s right I didn’t forget about the college students are the forgotten ones.
ROADBLOCKS AND CHALLENGES:My struggles are because the need for school supplies are overwhelming and I have used my own funds to purchase supplies and ship to students . Fundraisers are harder than I thought. Most people only think of school supplies in August.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Godiva Anderson