Bermuda’s public school teachers often struggle to procure enough school supplies for their students and parents often cannot afford to buy them. By purchasing discounted school supplies via the Support Public Schools, Bermuda (SPS.bm) initiative, you 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 needed for effective learning, they have a better shot at being a successful global citizen, and feeling proud with self-worth.  As a community, let’s all do what we can to help support Bermuda’s public school students by supporting the SPS.bm movement.

What is SPS.bmSupport Public Schools, Bermuda?
Founded in June of 2018 by Canterbury Law Bermudian attorney and Rhodes Scholar Juliana Snelling, and supported by a small core team of Bermudian volunteers including public school grads, Support Public Schools is a community action initiative supporting the enhancement of learning in public school classrooms in Bermuda. 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 the private sector to purchase or donate supplies to public schools that teachers specifically request from SPS.  During SPS.bm’s first 3 years in operation (2018-2021), more than $350,000 in new school supplies were purchased by supporters, led by SPS’ biggest supporter, the Butterfield. They have been a proud and steady supporter of Support Public Schools Bermuda, assisting SPS.bm annually in its mission to put school supplies directly in the hands of children who need them. Notwithstanding Butterfield’s generosity plus that of other wonderful groups and persons who have donated supplies, 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 (Butterfield 20006 060 173876 100 or HSBC 010-715613-001)), with a memo 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 select schools and supplies most in need. If your company has a customer credit account at A.F Smith, you may also use this to support. The SPS team works to ensure that schools benefit evenly over the year. 

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  Visit SPS.bm to read moving letters from principals, teachers and pupils who attest to how the SPS supplies are being put to amazing use. 

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. 

Secondhand Items
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 Can You Help?
You can help by using SPS’ online shop (SPS.bm) to buy supplies requested by teachers to enhance their classroom experience, or make a transfer to AF Smith, or donate good quality used items. Or simple spread the good word about the mission of SPS.bm to others who wish to give. Everything helps to foster the learning and development of public school students. The SPS team is next scheduled to deliver supplies to public primary schools in the autumn term of 2022, dates to be confirmed.  It will greatly help the cause if purchases could be made by September 30 so that supplies can be sourced in a timely way.  However, any gift after that will still be welcomed and go toward the spring delivery date. 

Please shop now and support our public schools! We cannot be complacent about the quality of education afforded to our public school students. Let’s encourage our school children to love learning and going to school.  

Support Public Schools, Proudly Supported by Butterfield Group

Website: www.SPS.bm
Contact: SPSTeam@sps.bm or +1 (441) 296-8444 (c/o Canterbury Law)
Address: c/o Canterbury Law, 3rd Floor, Swan Building, 26 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12 Facebook.com/sps.bm | Instagram: @sps.bm

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 retail suppliers and those supplies are delivered to classrooms free of charge. SPS never sees, receives or handles funds. That way 0% of dollars are spent on administrative expenses and 100% are spent on school supplies.