Verizon Call Center employees loaded up hundreds of glue sticks, thousands of paper, notebooks, back packs, hundreds of boxes of crayons and stacked all 5,000 plus items on the stage of the Lee Elementary School cafeteria on Oct. 19. Verizon presented the donation to Lee Elementary as part of its annual Tools 4 Schools supply giveaway this year.
“We take great pride in giving back to the local community and each year our team especially enjoys participating in the Verizon Foundation’s Tools 4 Schools campaign,” said Steven Araiza, director of Customer Service for Verizon Wireless.
The event is part of a national Verizon school supply drive to collect new school supplies including rulers, crayons, notebooks and other items students need to start the school year.
“It’s a great community outreach program and a great incentive for our students. This initiative is going to help our students because they will have the right tools to be ready for school,” principal Terry Montes said.
The school welcomed the guests from Verizon with applause and cheers from the pep squad before presenting Araiza with a plaque of appreciation.
Fourth grader Genesis Montes was excited about the supplies, particularly the tall stack of notebooks.
“We are thankful because all these supplies will help us learn,” Genesis said. “My favorite subject is social studies because we learn about presidents and cities, and these notebooks will be really useful to write our lessons in.”
The supplies will be distributed to throughout the school year students by the counselor on a need basis.
“The counselor is the first person families go to when they are in need of assistance,” principal Montes said. “We have a closet where the school supplies are housed so when there is a need we will be to help distribute those supplies.”