Thursday, June 6, 2013

United Way selects Seymour schools for project

18th annual Back to School Clothes for Kids

SHELTON - Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council has selected Seymour elementary schools to benefit from the 2013 CVC Back to School Clothes for Kids Project. 

Last year, 193 students from Irving and Bradley Elementary Schools in Derby received their own box of new clothing to begin the school year. 

To date the CVC has outfitted 2396 Valley children and spent $449,940.
The goal of the CVC project is to provide new clothing to children in need at the start of the school year. 

Nationally, statistics show that many underprivileged children miss the first few days of school simply because they do not have new clothes to wear. 
The hope of the Council is that by providing the children with clothes and school supplies they will be encouraged to do their best while receiving a boost to their self-esteem. 
CVC companies strongly feel the attendance of the children on the first day of school attests to the fact that the program is a success. Higher percentages of attendance have been recorded.

One week prior to the beginning of the school year the children and parents will be invited to the school gym and personally presented with their gifts by members of the CVC companies. 
Valley United Way Youth Leaders assist the CVC as Volunteers at this highly successful CVC project.
The students will receive two new outfits, a winter coat, shoes and an overflowing backpack full of school supplies such as pens, pencils, paper and colorful markers.

The Corporate Volunteer Council is a coalition of local businesses and corporations that have an active employee volunteer involvement program. 
It plays a vital role in boosting self-esteem and confidence by helping children to look and feel their best when they attend school, which has a proven positive effect on educational performance.

Valley United Way is the leading philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton matching the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in the community.

This information is taken from a press release from Valley United Way. 

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