Support Public Schools Bermuda
SPS.bm (Support Public Schools Bermuda)
Founded in June of 2018 by Canterbury Law Director and Rhodes Scholar Juliana Snelling, and Rachel Little at Canterbury Law Limited supported by a small core team of Bermudian volunteers, Support Public Schools is a community action initiative supporting the enhancement of learning in public school classrooms in Bermuda. Bermuda’s public school teachers often struggle to procure enough school supplies for their students and parents often cannot afford to buy them and SPS.bm was established to help address this need. A fundamental tenet of Bermuda’s Strategic Plan for Education is to provide the instructional resources that our students need in order to have a better quality education. SPS.bm supports this goal by facilitating private sector company and individuals to purchase or donate supplies to public schools that teachers specifically request from SPS. The Butterfield Group, the Green Family, Argus and other organizations have been proud and steady supporters of Support Public Schools Bermuda and assist SPS.bm annually in their mission to put school supplies directly in the hands of children who need them. During SPS.bm’s first 3 years in operation (2018-2021), more than $350,000 in new school supplies were purchased by supporters and tens of thousands’ worth of office and school supplies donated. That support notwithstanding teachers and students are always in need of more resources.
How Does It Work?
Each year SPS.bm asks teachers in certain year groups at all 18 public primary schools to submit a “Wishlist” of supplies that they need to enhance learning in their classrooms. These supplies are then made available for sale at discounted prices via the website, SPS.bm Supporters can purchase the supplies with a credit card (multiple items may be purchased in one transaction) and also choose their preferred primary school to support. The supporter will receive a P-tix receipt detailing the items purchased.
Alternatively, supporters may make a purchase through a bank transfer to AF Smith Ltd. and SPS reps will apply the funds towards supplies that have been targeted as most in need. Purchase monies may be sent to A.F. Smith (HSBC 010-715613-001 or Butterfield Bank 20006 060 173876 100), with a memo note stating your name and the reference “SPS SUP003”. Alternatively, you may simply call Ashley or Tim G at A.F. Smith on 292-1882 with your credit card number and they will handle the purchase over the phone and again select schools and supplies most in need. Companies can also purchase goods on their customer credit account at A.F Smith. The SPS team works to ensure that schools benefit evenly over the year.
By purchasing discounted school supplies via the Support Public Schools, Bermuda (SPS.bm) initiative, supporters are putting geometry sets, glue sticks, composition books, musical instruments, play dough, fraction bars, language learning software (and everything else a child needs to be successful at school) directly into the hands of Bermuda’s future leaders. When they have the tools and resources that they need to learn, they have a better shot at being a successful global citizen, and feeling proud with self-worth.
The SPS team and retail suppliers then deliver the supplies free of charge directly to the classrooms on designated delivery days. Principals, teachers and students send thank you letters describing how the supplies are helping to improve our students’ education, as well as photos showing the items in use, which are posted on SPS.bm Moving letters are received from principals, teachers and pupils attest to how the SPS supplies are being put to amazing use.
Sample Thank you notes from Principals and Teachers:
“On behalf of The West End School Family, I would like to thank all of you for the needed supplies you delivered to our school today. This type of outreach to our school is necessary if we are to continue to assist our boys and girls in becoming productive citizens.” –West End Primary School Office
“Firstly, a big THANK YOU to you and your awesome team; and I do so on behalf of Somerset Primary students, teachers, Para Educators, and parents. Your practical thoughtfulness created so much positive energy throughout the school; teachers are superlatively appreciative. I am also thankful for the continuous thread, as it served a reminder of the online Profession Development source. Fond regards”– Somerset Primary School
“Good day Team, Thank you!!!! Every item is most appreciated. I love the delivery team – so pleasant, warm and enthusiastic! Well done!” – West Pembroke Primary School Principal
“All the supplies like magnifying glasses, binders, folders, pens, pencils, construction paper and the numerous other items are going to come in very handy as we move through the school year. Once again thank you for these donations and your hard work in getting the supplies.” – Dalton E. Tucker Primary School, P5 Teacher
Where Do The Supplies Come From?
SPS sources the supplies (at a discounted price) from Phoenix Stores Limited and A.F. Smith Limited either via the website SPS.bm or by bank transfer (see above). These suppliers then deliver the supplies free of charge to public schools on delivery days with volunteers from SPS facilitating the deliveries and visiting with principals, teachers and students who are elated to receive them.
SPS also facilitates public schools receiving good quality secondhand office furniture, equipment and materials from businesses and other sources, including over 120 good quality second-hand computers, desks and file cabinets, 3-hole punchers, scissors, easels, printer paper, file folders, printer paper, markers, etc. SPS volunteers also collect second-hand books, Lego, puzzles and mind-improving games to gift to public school students for fun in the classroom.
How to get involved
Contact Team Member Rachel Little by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +1 (441) 296-8444 c/o Canterbury Law Limited.
SPS.bm in Action
Images of SPS.bm in action
SPS is not a registered charity. We do not solicit funds from the Bermuda Government or public sources. Instead, supporters of SPS make direct purchases of school supplies with our suppliers and those supplies are delivered to classrooms free of charge. SPS never sees, receives or handles funds. That way zero percent of dollars are spent on administrative expenses and 100% are spent on supplies.