School Supplies and Back-to-School in the Riviera Maya

You know it’s time for back-to-school in the Riviera Maya when school supplies are flying off the shelves. It's something kids look forward to every year. ... Continue Reading »
By: Miguel Valencia 
on: November 08, 2022

The Impact of Underserved Students & School Supplies

The sight of children eagerly lining up to receive their backpacks filled with a full year of school supplies – faces beaming with joy, is one that touches the heart. This annual KKIS tradition means so much more than receiving free school supplies—it represents hope for a brighter future for every student and their family.

At KKIS, we believe every child deserves the tools to unlock their potential. But for many families in Playa del Carmen, providing even basic school supplies is a struggle. Without access to essentials like pencils, notebooks, and erasers, these students start off at a disadvantage. 

Hard to believe that students show up to class without the needed supplies they need to get a basic education. And why is this? It’s simple economics. Many families cannot afford the basics for their students because of the low wages many parents earn in Mexico.

Our mission is to ensure no child faces obstacles that hinder learning and growth because of a families economic situation. By providing students with backpacks filled with all the necessities for academic success, we empower them to thrive. The difference this makes in a students attitude and classroom participation is immeasurable.

School Supplies • The KKIS Project

The Spark of Confidence 

Imagine being the only student without a pencil or proper writing materials. The social stigma and blow to self-esteem can be devastating. When a child lacks the basic tools their peers possess, they feel inadequate and excluded.

But the moment a child receives their own colorful backpack, brimming with supplies, everything changes. Their shoulders straighten, their eyes illuminate, and their spirits soar. With their supplies in hand, they feel a renewed sense of belonging and purpose. 

The Doors to Opportunity

School supplies may seem like small, insignificant items, but they hold the key to unlocking a child’s potential. With the proper materials, students can fully engage in lessons, complete assignments with care, and develop skills for lifelong success.

The child who once struggled to take notes without a notebook can now actively participate in class. The creatively-gifted student with no outlet for their artistry finally has coloring pencils and sketchpads to bring their imagination to life. 

Having proper supplies benefits students academically, socially, and emotionally. It narrows the achievement gap and opens doors that allow dreams to flourish.

School Supplies • The KKIS Project

The Ripple Effect in the Community

Equipping students with new backpacks and school supplies doesn’t just impact them as individuals. It has a ripple effect across families, schools, and the wider community.

Parents gain peace of mind knowing their child has what they need to excel. Teachers can now focus on lessons rather than worrying about supplies. Classrooms become more lively and interactive. And community members take pride in coming together to invest in the next generation.

Teachers have told us that in a class of 18 students often there are only 3 students with pencil and paper. That severely hinders teaching and providing students with a deserved education.

By lifting up our students, we uplift the spirit of Playa del Carmen as a whole. Our future leaders, innovators, and change-makers grow through knowledge and possibility.  

The Success of Shared Vision

The KKIS school supply program owes its impact to the collective efforts of many champions. The dedicated work of our volunteers and community partners has been instrumental in turning our vision into reality.

Our devoted corporate sponsors lead the charge in equipping students for success. Their generous donations, both financial and in-kind, provide the backpacks, supplies, and resources that make our program possible.

School Supplies • The KKIS Project

Sponsor Spotlight:

A few of the sponsors who make this program possible:

  • Simca fuels students’ potential by contributing top-quality notebooks, folders, and writing materials. For years they have been helping KKIS pack the backpacks of school supplies, handing out the backpacks and donating the supplies themselves. Their commitment to investing in education is truly admirable.
  • The Seaside Rotary in Playa del Carmen has provided both funding and volunteers to support our backpack giveaways. They have been big supporters in our community for a long time and each year KKIS can count on them to help us in many ways. 
  • Eloquest Healthcare came to us this year and had a giveback event for their staff in the Riviera Maya. Their donation will give an entire school the tools they need for education inside the backpacks that will be handed out.  They are cultivating the next generation of innovative thinkers, bridging connections between businesses and youth.
  • PMI or the Project Management Institute has brought international attention to our mission through their far-reaching customer network. This global perspective strengthens our community ties. They are instrumental in changing lives in their programs and in our community.

We could not empower these young scholars without the aid of partners dedicated to improving youth outcomes in Playa del Carmen.

The Time to Take Action 

With a new school year approaching, students will soon need to restock their supplies. For families struggling financially, this adds additional stress and financial strain. 

We cannot stand by while students suffer from a lack of basic supplies. And we cannot empower them to reach their potential alone.

KKIS needs your support now to provide students with the tools to return to school ready to thrive. Here is how you can become a champion for the children of Playa del Carmen:

  • Make a financial contribution to provide backpacks and supplies. Just $25 USD can equip one child for an entire school year.
  • Donate new supplies to be distributed. Items like notebooks, binders, pens, and rulers are always in need.
  • Volunteer to assist with our backpack packing parties and giveaways. It takes a village to prepare for the new school year.
  • Spread awareness about our mission on social media and within your networks.

The choice you make today can forever change the trajectory of a student’s story. With your support, their paths will lead to promising places.

Join KKIS in delivering the gift of school supplies this year. Let us empower youth together to pursue education without limits.

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