Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thank you to Businesses Supporting Seattle Public Schools’ Students


More than 30 local businesses recently came together as part of PEMCO Mutual Insurance’s second-annual “Supply Surge” school supply drive. Together, donors and participating organizations collected more than 195,000 individual school supplies for homeless and underserved youth in the Puget Sound region.

The donations collected by 34 participating organizations headquartered around PEMCO’s South Lake Union neighborhood and beyond, nearly doubled the number of supplies donated during PEMCO’s inaugural Supply Surge last year. As a result, essential school supplies – from backpacks to pencils, composition notebooks to calculators – that make a significant difference in a child’s education, will reach more than 8,700 students who attend Seattle Public Schools.

“We are inspired by the businesses and individuals that rallied behind this year’s Supply Surge,” said PEMCO CEO Stan McNaughton. “When we fuse our strengths to do more, for more, together we can help remove barriers that keep underserved students from thriving at school.”

According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, nearly one student in every classroom in Washington will experience homelessness. As part of Supply Surge, PEMCO partnered with Seattle Public Schools’ McKinney-Vento Program, which aims to support schools that have high populations of low-income families and students experiencing homelessness, to identify 10 Seattle-area middle schools and high schools that will each receive a portion of the donated supplies.
To culminate this year’s Supply Surge, PEMCO delivered donations to the 10 Seattle schools on September 6 and 10, 2019.
Schools Served  
Aki Kurose Middle School  
Jane Addams Middle School
South Lake High School
Chief Sealth High School
Franklin High School
Nathan Hale High School
Denny International High School
Washington Middle School
Edmond Meany Middle School
Ingraham Middle School 
For more information on PEMCO’s Supply Surge, visit pemco.com/supply-surge.
From a reader:

THE NATHAN HALE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (NHCO) WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE MICROSOFT EMPLOYEES who volunteered on the United Way's Day of Caring. Last Friday, nearly 100 volunteers helped Nathan Hale and JAMS with much needed yard work. They have helped improve the safety and appearance of our school for the entire community. Thanks again and see you next year!

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