Employees Support School Tools Project
August 10, 2011

For its eighth year, the Greenville, S.C., office participated in the United Way of Greenville County's School Tools program originated to help needy children get ready to go back to school.

Paper bags were set out in the office's break room, each labeled with the gender and grade of a specific, individual child. Employees were encouraged to "adopt" one of these special children and fill the designated paper bag with school supplies from a suggested shopping list provided by the United Way of Greenville County.

The initiative was a great success and every bag was filled in plenty of time for distribution to the young recipients before the first day of school.

For those employees who preferred to make a monetary donation, Carol Neely, Administrative Assistant, offered to shop on their behalf. She expressed gratitude to her colleagues, saying, “Thanks so much for your support of the school children in our area who need this assistance to be prepared to learn this school year.”

The Greenville office filled six bags and four backpacks full of school supplies.

Building Group employees at the Boeing South Carolina project supported the effort by filling three paper bags and 16 backpacks to the brim. Missy Cwiok, Office Manager at the jobsite, served as the on-site coordinator. Tamara Loggins, Receptionist, volunteered to be a “shopper,” and Melissa Honour, Project Coordinator, also signed up to help.

The team raised funds by scheduling several lunchtime hot dog sales, with Superintendents Tommy Morrow and Brian Luke at the grill, while Buddy Bayne, Estimator/Superintendent, took responsibility for making chili.

“Giving kids the tools they need to succeed in school—and in life—that’s the ultimate goal of United Way’s School Tools Program,” said Cwiok. “The program is designed to give students of low-income families a great start to the school year.”

“Through our efforts, 29 children will have the supplies they need,” added Neely.