The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Partners with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to Provide Backpacks and Schools Supplies to Students at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School
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Jennifer Ogunsola, Communications Director
Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2015
Thế giới cáThe Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Partners with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to Provide Backpacks and Schools Supplies to Students at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School
ATLANTA Thế giới cá– The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 77 partnered today to provide backpacks and school supplies to each student at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School. The supplies are a gift from the Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation (PATCH).
“The first day of school always marks a day of opportunity and optimism for the City of Atlanta and it is especially one of the most important days for parents, teachers and students,” said Michael T. Sterling, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. “We hope that by providing every single student at the Bethune Elementary school with a backpack and the supplies they need reduces the burden on parents, increases the participation of students and makes the transition a little easier for those incredible teachers. We are fortunate to have a tremendous partnership with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 77 and Atlanta school Board Member Byron Amos, who both understood the need and importance of proving these critical tools and resources at Bethune.”
Thế giới cá Volunteers and staff from IUPAT, Mary M. Bethune Elementary School and AWDA assembled over 500 backpacks, which were filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, paper and many other materials required by the school. Each grade received different supplies, which were determined by what the students would need to have a successful school year.
“It is always a great pleasure to be able to give back to the local communities where our members live and work,” said Chuck Hill, business manager/secretary-treasurer of IUPAT District Council 77 in Atlanta. “This gift to Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary in particular has been a humbling and rewarding experience, and the PATCH Foundation and the members of the IUPAT are proud to do our part for these Atlanta students.”
Thế giới cá Atlanta is one of three cities that have received school supplies from the PATCH Foundation. Schools in Phoenix and Houston were also selected by The PATH Foundation.
Thế giới cá“Every child at Bethune Elementary School is ready for Day One with backpacks full of supplies donated by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 77,” said Byron Amos, Atlanta School Board Member, District 2. “Thank you to the Union and to the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency for supporting the children of Educational District 2.”
“We are forever grateful to the IUPAT and the PATCH Foundation for their extremely generous contribution of more than 500 book bags filled with school supplies,” said Amia Burnette, Bethune Elementary Principal. “I hope to continue our relationship with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades – our students and parents will be so thrilled to receive these bags on the first day of school.”
Thế giới cá PATCH was founded by the IUPAT nearly 15 years ago to support programs and organizations that provide children with education, medical care and a better life through youth sports. The foundation raises funds through local efforts by IUPAT members throughout the United States.
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The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) serves as the workforce system for the City of Atlanta. The agency provides job seekers - adults, dislocated workers (laid-off), and youth (ages 14-21) - with resources to attain sustainable employment and collaborates with business leaders for the recruitment and development of their labor needs.