Backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks and binders are just a few examples of the long list of school supplies that can be costly for teachers and families to purchase annually when they have limited financial resources.

To help ease that burden and assist local students get what they need, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will again partner with Denver’s 9NEWS and Volunteers of America Colorado Branch to support the 17th annual “Stuff for Students” school supply drive.

Throughout the month of August, 11 Larry H. Miller dealership locations across the Denver metro area and in Boulder will collect essential items that will be distributed by Volunteers of America to more than 15 Colorado school districts, benefiting students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade.

This year, parents will spend an average of $510 on school supplies, according to a 2018 survey by Deloitte that analyzes back-to-school buying trends. That cost is a financial burden for many Colorado families.

As a result, teachers often take on the responsibility of purchasing supplies for their students.

According to the Colorado Education Association, Colorado teachers reach into their own pockets every year and spend on average $656 for supplies for their students and classrooms.

Approximately 23 percent of school children in the counties served by the VOA are living in poverty, compared to the state average of 14.7 percent. In Colorado school districts, nearly 25,000 pupils enrolled in public schools have been identified as experiencing homelessness.

Since 2015, Larry H. Miller Dealerships have raised close to $50,000 in school supplies, including contributing $23,500 in monetary and school supply donations to the 2017 campaign that benefited 60,000 Colorado students.

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The community is encouraged to join Larry H. Miller Dealerships and 9NEWS in helping to prepare schoolchildren for success by dropping off essential classroom items at any of the following locations:

Larry H. Miller Ford Lakewood

11595 W. 6th Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80215

(303) 232-2200

Larry H. Miller Nissan Highlands Ranch

1320 Plum Valley Lane

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

(720) 274-5200

Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder

2465 48th Court

Boulder, CO 80301

(303) 443-3250

Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Lakewood

8303 W Colfax Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80214

(303) 237-1311

Larry H. Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 104th

1800 W. 104th Ave.

Denver, CO 80234

(303) 469-1931

Larry H. Miller RAM Truck Center

2500 W. 104th Ave.

Thornton, CO 80234

(888) 668-6581

Larry H. Miller Colorado Chrysler Jeep

350 S. Havana St.

Aurora, CO 80012

(303) 341-4050

Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Havana

2727 S. Havana St.

Denver, CO 80014

(720) 548-1325

Larry H. Miller FIAT Denver

505 S. Havana St.

Denver, CO 80012

(303) 343-9700

Larry H. Miller Nissan 104th

2400 W 104th Ave.

Denver, CO 80234

(303) 578-6116

Larry H. Miller Nissan Arapahoe

10030 East Arapahoe Rd.

Centennial, CO 80112

(303) 578-6117