CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place (ACP) will receive 500 book bags and other school supplies from the AT&T Pioneers Charlotte Council at 9 a.m. on July 24.

AT&T Pioneers has more than 400 members throughout Mecklenburg and Gaston counties that have solicited donations from various organizations, including Carolina Pad and Sharp Advisors, for ACP, which serves homeless children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

Each book bag will be filled with loose leaf paper, notebooks, pencils, crayons, a pencil box, erasers, pocket folders, glue sticks, safety scissors and hand sanitizer. In addition to the book bags, the AT&T Pioneers plan to donate $2,000 to help purchase public school uniforms.

“The main purpose for the AT&T Pioneers is to give back to our community and assist those in need,” said Billy Winbourne, AT&T Pioneers President. “Assisting children to help them achieve their educational goal is one of the top priorities for the Pioneers.”

Founded in 1911, the AT&T Pioneers are the world’s largest corporate volunteer organization with more than 620,000 members in the United States, Canada and beyond. Last year, the AT&T Pioneers Charlotte Council donated 400 book bags and supplies and $2,000 for public school uniforms.

“A child’s job is to be a good student, but it’s difficult to do your job when you don’t have the right tools to do your school work,” said Annabelle Suddreth, ACP Executive Director. “This donation from the AT&T Pioneers Charlotte Council means our client homeless children will have school uniforms and supplies for the new school year. That is one less worry they will not have to think about.”

AT&T Pioneers will deliver the items at the ACP office in Suite 230 at 601 E. Fifth St. in Charlotte. They will stay and stuff the book bags with supplies until noon. For more information about the AT&T Pioneers Charlotte Council, contact Billy Winbourne at 704-424-1150 or bw8922@att.com.

About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too.  Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching 2,228 children during the 2011-12 school year.  In June 2012, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported 4,922 homeless students enrolled in the county’s public schools.  To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

Contact:
Sarah Melton | Development Associate
A Child’s Place | 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28202
T: 704.343.3790 x9550 or 704-943-9550 (direct) | E: smelton@achildsplace.org

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