Huffington Post | July 25, 2011

One of Chicago’s most exciting new start-ups is partnering with its home town to help out low-income public school students.

The daily-deal site Groupon announced on Monday that it would be working with the Chicago Public Schools to provide school supplies to kids in neighborhoods with high truancy rates.

Kits for Kidz, an organization in Woodridge, has already prepared 6,000 kits of notebooks, pencils, rulers, erasers and other school supplies that it will be giving out, according to the Chicago Tribune. Groupon is hoping to add to that total through donations from its users. Starting Tuesday, visitors to Groupon’s Chicago page will be able to donate $12 to purchase an additional kit for donation.

NBC Chicago reports that the supply kits will be handed out at neighborhood festivals and back-to-school events in neighborhoods where high schoolers have high rates of truancy.  (Read more)