CWI Partners to Help Boise School District Students

Woman standing by donation box holding donation of toilet paper
December 6, 2018

College of Western Idaho is proud to partner with Sovrn Creative and the Community Schools program to kick-off the inaugural Neighbors in Need Drive to help Boise School District students.

"Many of CWI's students have children in the district served by Community Schools, and some are involved in the College’s Basic Skills Education (BSE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs," said Alexis Bennett, CWI ESL Instructor and Sovrn Project Manager.

The CWI Community is invited to donate household essentials as part of the Neighbors in Need Drive through Dec. 20 at the College’s Ada County Campus Pintail Center.

"It seemed natural, given all that CWI already does to create affordable and convenient educational opportunities, to participate as a public donation site,” said Bennett. “In the ESL department in particular, we are always looking to make resources beyond the classroom more available to reduce barriers to success. Good hygiene and clean clothes are often among those barriers."

“The goal is to start small and build, so we appreciate partnering with well-known local brands like CWI,” said Nicole Keisel, Sovrn Art Director and Neighbors in Need campaign designer.

Nearly half of students within the Boise School District receive free or reduced lunch and close to 800 are homeless or unaccompanied. Many of these students’ families make difficult trade-offs every day in order to get by. Community Schools helps provide everyday essentials to students allowing them to be successful and show up for school ready to learn.

Learn more about the drive, Sovrn Creative, or the Community Schools program by contacting Alexis Bennett at alexisbennett@cwi.edu