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School is in Session: Maritz Donates Supplies to Teach For America

September 10, 2015

It’s no secret that teachers often have to use their own money to purchase supplies for their students and aren’t reimbursed.  It can be a huge sacrifice, but they do it because they love their students and would do anything to see them succeed.

Continuing its mission to support programs designed to educate, and to show our support for teachers and students in the community, Maritz employees recently participated in the ninth annual, company-wide school supply drive in support of Teach For America.

“It’s hard to believe that you’re able to top yourselves each year, but somehow you do,” said Teach For America Executive Director Brittany Packnett.  “The schools supplies you provide are not just giving students the tools they need to be successful, these supplies are telling students they matter.” 

Nearly 1,500 students across Maritz’ four partner schools – Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, Adams Elementary, Carr Lane Middle School and Laclede Elementary – will benefit from Maritz’ combined school supply collection efforts.

In addition to the supplies, Maritz presented Teach For America with a corporate gift of $100,000 to help in its mission to eliminate education inequity.  To assist TFA communities beyond St. Louis, an additional $10,000 will be given to TFA-Detroit as well as another $5,000 to TFA-Chicago, where local Maritz employees in those cities are involved with school supply drives and other engagement opportunities throughout the year.

“Thank you for being a true partner to Teach For America and helping us impact the lives of over 20,000 students each and every day. We can’t wait for year 10!” concluded Brittany.

Teach For America is a national corps of recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors, career interests and professional backgrounds. Teach For America members commit to teach two years in urban and rural public schools, and are leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Maritz established a partnership with Teach For America in 2006, joining in the effort to close the academic achievement gap between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds.