Photo by Fred Ortoli
On August 22nd, 2013, 160 children from the Seymour elementary schools were presented with bins filled with two complete outfits, underwear, socks, sneakers, a winter coat and a backpack filled with school supplies. This program led by 41 companies from Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC), ensures these children will be excited and motivated for the upcoming school year. To date the CVC has outfitted 2,402 Valley children and spent $480,400.00.
Parents and students lined up outside the Chatfield-LoPresti School in Seymour eagerly waiting to come in to open their boxes of clothes with the companies and Valley United Way Youth Leaders and enjoy some cookies and juice generously donated each year by Dave Grant Catering. Thanks to the generosity of First Niagara 200 $20 gift cards to the Sports Center of Connecticut were given out as well as hundreds of sunglasses from Lex Products.
As the families entered the school they were greeted by Christine Syriac, the Superintendent of Seymour schools, Yashu Putorti, Chairman of the Board of Education, David Olechna, Principal of Chatfield-LoPresti , Leslie Sojka, Assistant Principal, Mary Sue Feige, Principal of Bunghay Elementary, Kristopher Boyle, Assistant Principal and the Seymour first selectmen Kurt Miller. The students then met with the companies that donated their back to school gifts and excitedly opened their boxes of new clothes and supplies with them. Smiles could be seen all around on both the children and parents’ faces as they proudly carried away their bins and went to the cafeteria to grab some cookies.
The goal of the Back to School Clothes for Kids project is to provide new clothing to children in need at the start of the school year in an effort to improve attendance on the first days of school and boost confidence. National statistics show that many underprivileged children miss the first few days of school simply because they do not have new clothes to wear. The CVC hopes that by providing the children with clothes and school supplies, they will be encouraged to do their best while receiving a boost to their self-esteem. CVC Companies strongly feel that the attendance of the children on the first day of school attributes to this program’s success
The CVC is a coalition of local businesses and corporations that have an active employee volunteer involvement program. The CVC is proud to play a vital role in boosting self-esteem and confidence by helping children to look and feel their best when they attend school, which has a proven positive effect on educational performance. For more information please contact Valley United Way’s Volunteer Center Director, Patricia Tarasovic, at (203) 926-9478 or at email@example.com.
Thank you to each of the following participants for 2013: