On average, teachers spend $500 out of their own pockets to buy basic school supplies for their classrooms.

“Some of the most needed supplies include paper and paper products,” according to a KINF resource center employee, “It is like gold to teachers.”

Georgia-Pacific is helping to answer this need, providing paper for classrooms in resource-challenged communities as the National Paper Sponsor for the Kids in Need Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

In the schools the foundation serves, 7 out of every 10 kids on average qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. These families often can’t afford basic school supplies, which cost an average of $100 per student.

Children without school supplies can have lower attendance rates and are more likely to do poorly in school and may eventually drop out.

Last year, the Kids in Need Foundation helped 154,000 teachers and 4.8 million students in needy communities across the country. Over 20 years, the foundation has distributed nearly $800 million in supplies to kids who would otherwise go without.

Georgia-Pacific supports education and giving back to communities across the country. Watch the video to learn more about its partnership with Kids In Need Foundation.

To donate to the Kids in Need Foundation, go to http://www.kinf.org/donate/