Each year many students return to school without basic supplies and this directly affects their educational experience and self-esteem. Starting a new school year is an exciting time for students but can be a financial challenge for many families.
Parker's Fluid Connectors and Motion Systems Groups recently partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland to provide 96 Cleveland students with the proper school supplies. In just a few short weeks, the Boys & Girls Club identified a disadvantaged local school, donations were collected at Parker’s global headquarters in Mayfield Heights, and the coordination began. It was a full team effort to take the project from concept to completion in a very short amount of time - and the results were incredible.
On Monday, August 13th, the preparation and planning paid off when several Parker team members and representatives from the local Boys & Girls club assembled 96 backpacks. In addition to filling 96 backpacks for students K-8, extra supplies were provided to help the teachers with their classroom needs. The backpacks and supplies are making their way to the classrooms for distribution to deserving students.
"After the bags were filled, we gathered for lunch and one of the Boys & Girls Club representatives shared stories about the challenges some students encounter when returning to school. She said some children arrive with absolutely nothing and others may have a plastic grocery bag with some pencils and paper. It was then I realized that magnitude of the impact we were creating with this project."
Gary Kleiner, value capture manager, Fluid Connectors and Motion Systems Group
Parker would like to thank our team members for their time and generosity in helping students and our communities.
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