Whitney Houston definitely said it best: “I believe the children are our future – teach them well and let them lead the way” and at National Business Furniture, learners and educators hold a very special place within in our organization.
Rounding out 2021, NBF’s Volunteer Committee was honored to make a donation to Book Ahead: A Wisconsin-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide books to underserved children, aged 0 through 5 years – a new book every month. These efforts help develop literacy early on and encourage reading with the adults in their lives. The Volunteer Committee felt Book Ahead’s mission closely aligns with our continuous dedication to the nation’s littlest learners.
We strive to furnish classrooms with fun (yay, color!) yet functional furniture for both students and teachers – our focus put first on quality, affordability, and flexibility.
Our high-quality offering of school furniture is also backed by our exclusive Lifetime Guarantee. If any problems arise with the quality or craftmanship of your item, NBF will repair or replace the item to your satisfaction. We understand that even with the most durable products, life in the classroom can be unpredictable at times (to say the least).
Keeping affordability and budget in mind, we welcome you to learn more about the federal funding that may have been allocated to your school or district.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress nearly two years ago on March 27th, 2020. The CARES Act directed $2.2 trillion towards American states, local cities, educational systems, and businesses who were abruptly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With our education system in mind, $30.75 billion was then allocated to the US Department of Education out of which $13.2 billion was further allocated to The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I Fund). A year after that disbursement, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) provided an additional $54.3 billion to The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). CRRSAA also supplied the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) program with $2.75 billion dollars in support of eligible schools still trudging through these unprecedented times.
All this to say – there’s a lot of federal funding available to schools to support returning to a safe, efficient classroom as instruction pivots back to in-person learning. Allocated to each state, ESSER and EANS funds can be used to restock schools with PPE and Sneeze Guards or equip individual classrooms with their own portable sinks, handwashing stations and air purifiers.
Let’s face it though, learning about and utilizing these funds can be overwhelming. If you’re unsure of where to even begin, give our Furniture Specialists a call at 1-866-420-6227 to get the ball rolling on a quote (this will make your PO process a breeze!)
NBF has the essentials you’ll need to continue upholding a safe learning environment for learners and educators alike. Echoing the great Whitney as we continue to endure this pandemic, our dedicated focus on the quality furniture in each classroom will “…give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children’s laughter remind us how it used to be.”