Ashley Furniture Partners with Back 2 School America, Helping 300 Local Students

ECRU, Miss. – On February 19, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) surprised 300 North Pontotoc students, ranging from Pre-K to 12th Grade, with new school supply kits. The donation of supplies, valued at $5,400, was made possible by partnering with Back 2 School America.

Back to School America is a non-profit organization whose long-term goal is to make sure every child in the country has the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and ultimately receive a first-rate education.

“Back 2 School America is proud to partner with Ashley Furniture to provide students of Ecru, Mississippi with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” stated Matthew Kurtzman, CEO, Back 2 School America. “Ashley Furniture’s commitment to helping children from financially struggling families get a good education will serve to not only benefit those students but the community at-large.”

The school supply kits contained roughly 30 different items including: pens, notebooks, folders, scissors and erasers along with other grade-specific supplies. Each box also contained a note of inspiration from Ashley. Employees from Ashley’s Ecru manufacturing and distribution facility joined staff and students at the school to present the supply kits.

“We are honored to be able to provide these students with the resources they need to excel in their education,” stated Lance Little, Ashley Furniture Representative. “It was very rewarding to see the students’ faces light up when we presented them with these kits. Myself and everyone at Ashley Furniture wish them the best of luck in their educational pursuits.”


Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) feels that every person deserves more value for their money. Established in 1945, Ashley is one of the largest manufacturers of home furnishings in the world, and was named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2017. From design through fulfillment, Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day. Visit Ashley online at and “like” Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. on Facebook.

Back 2 School America (B2SA) launched in the summer of 2018 to address the national epidemic of low-income families that struggle to provide even basic school supplies to their children.

B2SA is an offshoot of Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI), a nonprofit that was formed back in 2010 and has successfully been providing Illinois families with Back 2 School kits, filled with the core supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. Since inception over 5.7 million school supplies have been distributed to at-risk kids. To learn more: