On Newell Rubbermaid’s third annual Global Day of Service, yesterday, September 2, the company donated $3 million in school supplies as part of its partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation.
Approximately 3,500 employees in 23 countries were at 105 sites volunteering their talents and time to complete projects that will improve the educational experience for youth and young adults.
In 16 U.S. cities, Newell Rubbermaid, working with The Kids In Need Foundation, which provides free school supplies nationally to students most in need, donated 10,000 backpacks for students and 8,200 “Teacher Toolboxes” for teachers beginning today through the end of the school year. Each “Teacher Toolbox” includes Sharpie markers and highlighters; Paper Mate pens, pencils and erasers; Expo markers; and Mr. Sketch markers packaged in a Rubbermaid storage container.
While volunteering at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School in Atlanta, Newell Rubbermaid president and CEO Michael Polk said, “Newell Rubbermaid is committed to giving back in the communities we serve through our focus on education. As the global leader in the writing instrument business, we are dedicated to providing access to tools that help our next generation succeed in school and life. We’re proud that today’s donation will provide approximately 130,000 teachers and 3.7 million students with the pens, pencils, highlighters, and markers they need to achieve more this school year.”
“Newell Rubbermaid understands that children need the proper tools in order to learn and succeed in school, and not all children go to school with a backpack filled with supplies,” said Dave Smith, executive director, The Kids In Need Foundation.
“With the proper school supplies, students’ classroom behavior improves and grades go up, because kids feel they have a better chance of achieving in the classroom. Newell Rubbermaid is once again stepping up to provide supplies so that more students can have confidence in the classroom this year,” said Smith.