A small way to make a big difference

Oct 02, 2010

Amway has a small office in Washington DC, where employees have been looking for ways they can get involved in the One by One Campaign for Children. Jennifer Penninger sends us an update on a new program they created.

For kids, the start of a new school year is a fresh start in a new grade with new teachers and hopefully, reuniting with old friends after a long summer vacation.  Much of the excitement of starting the new school year is centered around the traditional “back to school” shopping for clothes and school supplies. Unfortunately, this year many families in the District of Colombia postponed or cancelled “back to school” shopping due to the economic recession.

This is where we, as part of Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children, had an opportunity to step in and serve a need in the community.

We partnered with World Vision to purchase school supplies for 100 students in a Title I School in DC. Schools are categorized as Title I, when a majority of the student population qualifies for free or reduced meals.  After stuffing backpacks and handwriting encouraging notes for each student, we headed to Raymond Elementary School to meet the students and distribute the backpacks.

Much to our delight, we found the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students engaging and enthusiastic. After introductions on Amway and World Vision, each student received a backpack with basic school supplies they will need throughout the academic year. We reminded the students that knowledge, hard work and preparation lead to success.

Thanks to Amway’s generosity, these students will be better prepared to overcome challenges and reach their goals.


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