Charlotte Employees Provide Back-to-School Support for Idlewild Elementary School
September 15, 2011

The Charlotte office of the KBR Building Group has virtually “adopted” Idlewild Elementary, a K-5 school with a particularly high poverty level. The Building Group developed special ties with Idlewild Elementary while providing construction services for major renovations and additions to the school in 2008.

Most recently Charlotte office employees showed their support for the school by donating new school uniforms in a variety sizes for Idlewild’s uniform closet. Three Building Group employees — Gina McClure, Beth Harwell and Vickie Oakley — personally delivered the uniforms along with four large boxes of school supplies. These gifts were made possible solely through individual employee contributions supported by company donations.

Beth Harwell, noted, “The staff was very appreciative of our efforts. We met with the assistant principal who took time out of her busy morning to show us around the campus, We were very impressed with how clean the campus was.”

“We were not aware of the actual need for uniforms until we were shown the uniform closet and saw how depleted it was,” said Gina McClure.

Vickie Oakley added, “Many students actually come to school dressed in regular clothing due to the fact that they cannot afford uniforms. This places a burden on the school to not only supply the child with a uniform, but the school also has to wash these uniforms because they do not allow them to take them home.”

Joining Harwell, McClure and Oakley on the School Tools committee were Charlotte office colleagues Ann Yoder, Charlotte Alexander, Karla Streit, Jane Boland, and intern Hailey Smith. The committee collectively expressed thanks to the entire Charlotte office for being so generous to those less fortunate.

Idlewild Elementary is part of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the county-wide public school system serving Greater Charlotte. Idlewild’s enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year stands at approximately 600 students. Idlewild is one of 100 elementary schools within the CMS system.