Sitel Nashville Participates in The PENCIL Project to Benefit Local Schools - Sitel - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog
On August 5th, more than 82,000 students returned to the classrooms of Metro Nashville Public Schools with high hopes of learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. Sadly, some students are attending school ill-prepared with the necessary school supplies needed to succeed. Sitel Nashville and its associates decided it was time to step in and provide a solution.
Bert Quintana, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Sitel, sits on the Board of Directors for PENCIL, an organization that focuses on education success. This charity is near and dear to his heart, so our Volunteer Team came up with the idea of taking donations for the organization and the building management company, CRI, was happy to assist in taking the initiative even further, spreading the donation bins across the building with other companies in our office park participating as well.
For over four weeks our Nashville associates and building tenants have been collecting pencils, notebooks, paper, markers, crayons, backpacks, Kleenex, and the like to donate to local teachers who often end up having to spend their own money on school supplies because of budget constraints and families who cannot afford to provide school supplies for their children.
Later this month, teachers will have the opportunity to “go shopping” at the PENCIL store where all of Sitel’s collected items will be on display for them to choose from, the only catch being they don’t have to pay a single dime.
One of the Volunteer Team members, Trisha Collins, has been very involved in the organization of the school supply drive and is very happy with the success of the initiative, saying “This has been very successful and we’ve had great participation. It’s going so well we’ve decided to extend the donations through Tax Free Weekend until August 10th. We’ll then take everything over to PENCIL. We’re very excited to be able to help our local teachers.”
So, how can you get involved? “We still need supplies!” said Collins. The Volunteer Team, made up of 8 Nashville associates, has reported that around 70% of the Nashville office has contributed to the project, but we have the opportunity to extend the participation elsewhere. “We need all types of school supplies. We need backpacks, notebook paper, printer paper, colored pencils, crayons, markers, pens, pencils, dry erase markers, notepads, Clorox wipes, and so much more! Anything you can think of a classroom possibly needing, we’re collecting.”
Do you want to participate? Send your items to:
C/O Volunteer Team
3102 West End Ave, Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203
Publish Date: August 7, 2015 5:00 AM
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