Verizon Employees in Florida Donate $18,750 Worth of School Supplies to Assist Area Schools

Verizon employees at company work locations across Florida collected $18,750 worth of school supplies to donate to 18 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the state as part of a recent Tools for School drive.

More than 500 Verizon locations throughout the country took part in the three-week campaign to collect new pens and pencils, rulers, crayons, and other items children need to start the school year.

In addition to those items, Verizon employees also purchased more than 1,800 backpacks for students at schools and organizations in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. The backpacks will be distributed by the Pinellas Education Foundation and Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools, which is run by the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Among the schools that received the backpacks are Pinellas Park High School in Largo, and Bay Point Middle School, Gibbs High School and Northeast High School in St. Petersburg.

In all, employees donated more than $500,000 worth of supplies to more than 400 schools and nonprofits across the U.S., with a specific focus on schools with a large population of students from low-income families. A complete list of organizations receiving the donations can be found at: http://foundation.verizon.com/toolsforschool/docs/TFS2009_Beneficiaries_Final.pdf.

"Verizon has a long history of supporting education," said Michelle Robinson, Verizon president - Southeast region. "Whether it's by providing free interactive educational resources for parents and teachers through Verizon Thinkfinity.org or by volunteering to assist an after-school program, Verizon will continue to support efforts to provide the tools children need to succeed in the classroom."

Verizon Thinkfinity.org contains thousands of free educational resources including interactive games, videos and activities that make learning fun. Lesson plans, in-class activities and homework help can be found quickly and searched by grade level, key word or subject.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2008, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26 million in combined contributions to nonprofits.  Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

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