Helping Schools in Need
About Tim Holt
Tim Holt, 56, President/CEO of the National School Supply & Equipment Association from 1980-2010, died in November 2010 after a brave battle with lung cancer. This grant program is intended to honor his memory and 30 years of service to NSSEA.
NSSEA launched a new program in 2011 that names a needy U.S. school as a preferred recipient for product donations. Each year, one cash-strapped school in need will receive the Tim Holt Bright Start Grant. The program will provide quality instructional materials, furniture, supplies and equipment to a school that shows promise in its goals and efforts, but is struggling to meet the day-to-day needs of its students. The recipient will also be awarded $1,000 as part of the grant to help purchase products in short supply or to fill another pressing need.
The first winner was presented the award at the 2012 Ed Expo & Dealer at the Baltimore Convention Center at the NSSEA Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Former Chairman Dennis Gosney presented the first annual Tim Holt Bright Start Award to the Jenkins County High School in Millen, GA. Jenkins County High School was chosen for its dire need, with 100 percent of the students in this school receive free and reduced lunch and qualify for Title 1 funding. The local elementary and middle schools in rural Jenkins County are facing the same shortages and product donations will be shared with those schools as well. Dr. Joseph Kirkland, the principal of Jenkins County High School, was on hand in Baltimore, MD, to accept the award.
Pictured here are NSSEA President/CEO Jim McGarry with Lisa and Joey Kirkland from Jenkins County, GA:
There are two easy ways to get involved with this worthy program:
1) Distribute the grant application to schools in your area that are in dire need or share the application with school districts that may have an eligible school in their region. Applications are due November 1, 2012.
2) Donate requested products and earn your company recognition in Essentials Weekly, a valuable tax deduction, and appreciation within the local community by taking part in this worthy program. Help Jenkins County now.
If you can donate any of the items below, please send an email to: Adrienne Dayton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shipments should be sent to: Attn: Joseph Kirkland, Jenkins County, 433 Barney Avenue Millen, GA 30442
Help Jenkins County Now or Download the Application