The LBS Financial Credit Union worked with three local school districts this summer to collect school supplies for the 2012-2013 school year, including the ABC Unified School District, which benefited with a donation of supplies to Tracy High School.
LBS Financial partnered with Long Beach Unified School District, Bellflower Unified School District and ABCUSD for its second annual Adopt-a-School Program. Members of the Credit Union and the public dropped off supplies throughout the summer, supplemented by purchased items from LBSFCU employees and the Credit Union.
The Credit Union worked directly with the school districts to select a school that would benefit from the supplies for the upcoming school year. All of the items were then delivered to the selected schools in the first couple weeks of the school year.
In addition to the donations from Credit Union members and the public, the Credit Union promoted the program internally and collected more than $1,000 from its employees, matching these donations dollar for dollar. At the end of the summer, the Credit Union had more than $2,000 to spend supplementing supplies for the three schools selected, which were:
- Tracy High School in Cerritos;
- Las Flores Educational Center in Bellflower; and,
- Hamilton Middle School in Long Beach.
ABC Unified School District
The Credit Union partnered with Ann Griffo, coordinator of school & community partnerships for ABCUSD to select Tracy High as the 2012 recipient of donations. Tracy High prinicipal Jeff Green provided a wish list for the school that included items for their classrooms, school supplies and their teen-parent program.
"It is like Christmas in summer! The graciousness of LBS Financial has made the opening of our school year one that we will remember for a long time,” said Green.
The final donation delivered to the school on Sept. 13, 2012 included 5,000 sheets of copy paper, two large magnetic white boards for the classrooms, 360 glue sticks, 140 dry erase markers, 33 packages of pencils, hundreds of Post-it notes, toner/printer ink, 6 cases of water, 50 shirts for dress code violations and food items for their teen parent program including large tubs of peanut butter, granola bars, canned fruit and more.
“Every pencil, glue stick and marker helps support our goals of educating and graduating every student in the ABC Unified School District," Green said. "As a continuation high school our enrollment is limited and therefore we must make every penny count in our budget. The Adopt-a-School Program helps support our goals while at the same time reduces the hit on our school budget.”
LBSFCU has six branches in the area, including the Cerritos location at 11239 183rd St. -- located across from Los Cerritos Center.
For more information about LBS Financial Credit Union, visit the institution's website.