One in two students arrive on the first day of school empty-handed. CEC Charlotte partnered with Classroom Central to make sure these students are prepared and excited to learn! Classroom Central serves more than 127,000 students and their teachers across six school districts in nearly 200 high-need schools. Its mission is to equip students to learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies to their teachers. CEC Charlotte donated pencils, highlighters, backpacks, composition books, colored pencils, crayons, notebook paper, binders, glue sticks, and more (619 items total) toward this need!
CEC Pittsburgh recently stuffed and delivered 25 backpacks and 35 first aid kits to Carnegie Elementary school, which is near the Pittsburgh office. Though school had already started, the school counselor explained that the school gets 20-30 additional kids throughout the school year, many of whom need backpacks and school supplies. In addition, the nurse’s office at the school wanted to provide 35 first aid kits, one for each classroom, to teachers. Julie Dunlap, whose children attend the school, proposed the backpack idea and was there to deliver the backpacks and kits, along with Dan Maltese. Shoutout to Jaime Shimko for ordering all of the supplies. Roughly 10 volunteers helped stuff the backpacks and kits after work—one volunteer was Julie’s daughter! We received a very nice card from the school counselor after the delivery. As Part 2 of this local school effort, CEC Pittsburgh will be coordinating some visits throughout the year to talk to the students about careers in the STEM field.