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CentiMark’s Back to School Program 2018

BacktoSchool2018StPeterPaulUkraineChurchCarnegieEach year, CentiMark’s Corporate office in Canonsburg, PA, sponsors a comprehensive back to school program for 5,000 + children in the greater western Pittsburgh area. We provide backpacks, school supplies, gift cards for school clothes and shoes and food for lunches and after school snacks. Our Corporate associates volunteer for the program and deliver the back to school items to individual families and non-profit organizations.

“Our philosophy at CentiMark is that to give a child a book bag, school supplies, school clothes and shoes, you not only make their day, but you reinforce the importance of education,” says Ed Dunlap, Chairman & CEO, CentiMark. “The peer pressure is so great for children who do not have the latest backpack or school shoes.”

While we are proud of our back to school program, we wanted to share what the parents and non-profits have to say about the need for help for the children in our community:

“The Mom that I delivered the school supplies to cried the WHOLE time I was loading her van with the items. She was so appreciative because she had no idea how she was going to buy school clothes and supplies. She said our gifts were a miracle.”   CentiMark Associate

“Thank you for the generous donations. It came right on time as I have been stressing about whether to pay bills next week or buy food, clothes and shoes for my kids. I cannot put into words how grateful and appreciative we are. I will pay the kindness forward in any way I can and I am teaching my children to be kind to everyone.”  Mom of school students

“My children are thrilled with the backpacks and school supplies. I could have never provided them with the shoes and clothing if it were not for your gift cards. Thank you.”  Mom of school students

“I cannot believe that complete strangers helped my family with back to school supplies and backpacks. I am overwhelmed.”  Mom of school students

“Our young people will be delighted as they select back to school clothes and shoes to start the school year. Many of our young people have never had the opportunity to go back to school feeling proud about what they are wearing and CentiMark changed that situation for them. This gets the school year off to a much stronger, positive start.”   Pittsburgh Non-Profit Leader

“Thanks to your donation, hundreds of local children will have one less obstacle in their education experience. Having the necessary clothing and supplies for school is an important part of launching kids onto a success path, and yet for many families, it is a daunting and sometimes insurmountable financial challenge.” Pittsburgh Non-Profit Leader

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