Thanks to the efforts of Irvine and CID Foundation volunteers, first-graders at Lowell Elementary School and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, both in Santa Ana, Calif., will start the school year right with new backpacks filled with school supplies. These giveaways were held on two days back-to-back and distributed 350 backpacks loaded with crayons, pencils, erasers, a pencil case, glue sticks, markers, a ruler, loose-leaf notebook paper and a spiral notebook.
“As always, this was a great, rewarding event that shows an immediate and direct impact in our community,” said Brian George, Corporate Business Development Manager. “I always enjoy seeing how grateful the kids are for something we may take for granted and I’m pleased the Foundation gets to play a role in their educational development.”
On August 23, Sandy Jones, Executive Assistant; Sneha Prasad, Financial Analyst; Alison Pu, Junior Staff Accountant; Rosa Raymondi, HR Representative – Benefits Administrative Assistant; and Kim Slick, Communications Specialist helped to deliver and pass out 180 backpacks to the excited Lowell Elementary School students. Foundation partner Enterprise Rent-A-Car also sent a team of volunteers to lend a hand.
Video of the Lowell Elementary backpack event can be seen at the end of this article.
On the following day, first-graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School received 170 backpacks. Irvine volunteers included: Brian George and his wife, Lisa; Shirley Schaal, Senior Legal Administrative Assistant; Pam Kravitz, Benefits Administrator; Bob Wolpert, Senior Vice President – Corporate President, Distribution Group, and his wife, Mary Beth, along with their son, Jeremy; and Justin Calvert, Office Clerk. Sandy Jones, Kim Slick and the Enterprise folks, who also participated in this second giveaway.
“Being a volunteer at the backpack giveaway was an experience I will never forget,” reflected Justin Calvert. “Doing this event was a great chance to really give back to the community that I not only work in, but also live in. For me personally, there is a lot of excitement in knowing that the GSF Foundation is investing in these children’s futures by supplying them with the tools they need to further their educations.”