How Our Sites Are Growing the Good for Education

How Our Sites Are Growing the Good for Education

As one of the Albemarle Foundation’s core pillars of giving, we recognize that education should not be a luxury and that quality education sets students up for successful lives. Unfortunately, many teachers report spending their own money to purchase classroom supplies and many families struggle to afford the tools their students need to learn. At sites across the globe, our employees donate time and money to help ensure students and teachers have what they need to succeed.

Here are recent ways our employees are making a difference:

Action Ministries Shoes for Souls – Pasadena, TX

Back-to-school can be stressful for families struggling to afford clothes and shoes for their growing children. Action Ministries’ Shoes for Souls initiative helps support those families by donating new shoes to students in need. The Pasadena Employee Council gave $2,500 to those efforts.

Adopt-a-School & Uniforms for Kids – Baton Rouge, LA

As part of an adopt-a-school initiative, the Baton Rouge Employee Council gave every teacher at the Southern University Lab School a bag filled with school supplies and Albemarle pens and notebooks for students at the school, as well as scientific and graphic calculators and dry erase boards for teachers and administrators.

Recognizing a need in their community for families to afford school uniforms, the Employee Council also donated $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul for the Uniforms for Kids program. Over the years, Baton Rouge has given over $150,000 to the program through grants, matching gifts and volunteer grants.

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L to R: Employees Aubrey Heath, Garrett Nielsen & Donovan Thompson

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L to R: Employee Donovan Thompson with St. Vincent de Paul's Michael Acaldo

Classroom Central – Charlotte & Kings Mountain, NC

Classroom Central strives to foster equity in education by providing teachers and students with the necessary tools. Charlotte and Kings Mountain employees came together to support Classroom Central this back-to-school season. Each site participated in a virtual school supply drive collecting over $2,500 in supplies and donations.

Employees in Charlotte also volunteered to build 90 literacy kits, including notes of encouragement for students, and a group of employees joined other local companies at Bank of America Stadium to fill backpacks with supplies. Albemarle employees alone packed over 1,000 backpacks for local students.

This year, Classroom Central received more than $15,000 in grants through Employee Council support and the employee match and volunteer programs.

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Pictured: Employees from the Charlotte Office at a Classroom Central event

Fill the Bus – Bayport & Clear Lake, TX

Fill the Bus is a community-wide school supply drive for the Pasadena Independent School District. The Bayport and Clear Lake Employee Council are regular supporters of the program, and this year gave $5,000 to help ensure teachers don’t have to use their own money to purchase school supplies.

Southern Arkansas University Muleriders Kids College – Magnolia, AR

Each summer, hundreds of elementary students attend Mulerider Kids College on the campus of Southern Arkansas University for a fun, engaging summer camp that includes activities like art, science experiments and archery. The Magnolia Employee Council donated $35,000 to support the program, and employees volunteered with the students.

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L to R: Employees Jake Miller, Stephen Stamps, Tia Copeland, Meagan Jean, Kimberly Jones, Norissa Sharp with SAU's Anne Sands ​

Tápiószele School – Budapest, HU

In Budapest, employees donated their time and money to assemble 25 school bags for local children in need. A group of employees delivered the bags to a local school and spent time visiting the students.

Thank you to these employees for Growing the Good for education!