Rockford, Illinois News

Local painters union to donate school supplies to Lewis Lemon Elementary School

ROCKFORD —  On Monday, Aug. 24, Painters District Council No. 30 (PDC 30) will deliver backpacks and school supplies for all 464 children enrolled at Lewis Lemon Elementary School, 1993 Mulberry St.

The donation made possible through a partnership between the union and the
school earlier this year. All items were purchased by the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) and its PATCH Foundation, which works in collaboration with local union IUPAT affiliates to better the lives of children.

The union launched the 2020 school supply initiative in the fall of 2019. Lewis Lemon Elementary was selected among several deserving elementary schools within PDC 30’s 29-county jurisdiction.

“When this initiative began, our goal was to provide assistance to local families to help offset the costs associated with the beginning of the school year,” said Marisa Richards, PDC 30’s Outreach & Engagement program manager. “But as
we moved through 2020, and following the COVID-19 pandemic and all the uncertainty of the spring and summer, we realized this donation was needed now, more than ever.”

PDC 30’s team plans to deliver the book bags and school supplies prior to the start of
school to ensure the health and safety of students, families, and faculty. Strict sanitation and cleanliness protocols were followed during the bag assembly. Lewis Lemon Elementary has implemented a hybrid learning model for the 2020 school year.

“We hope this donation will eliminate some of the financial burden, and the added
anxieties, placed on families as the school year begins,” PDC Business Manager Ryan Anderson said.

Students will be able to designate certain supplies for in-person learning and take home the remaining supplies for use during remote learning days.

Feature image: EvelynGiggles 

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