MORE THAN 1,000 LOCAL STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DONATED BY LOCKHEED MARTIN EMPLOYEES
MOORESTOWN, NJ, 30-AUG-07 -- More than 1,000 local students will start the school year off right with a full desk of school supplies thanks to Lockheed Martin employees. The students recently received free school supply kits – including pencils, pens, notebooks and rulers – donated during the company’s sixth annual school supply drive.
School officials identified students eligible to receive free supplies at John Brainerd Elementary School, Gertrude Folwell Elementary School and F.W. Holbein Middle School in Mt. Holly; Roebling Elementary School and Florence Township Memorial High School in Florence Township; and in the Beverly City Schools, which enroll preschool through high school students.
“Thanks to the generosity of Lockheed Martin’s employees, more of our students will have all the supplies they need to begin a successful school year,” said Barb Mayer, business education teacher at Florence Memorial High School.
“Students should be able to devote their time to solving challenging math problems, not struggling to find a pencil and paper to do the calculations,” said Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s business in Moorestown. “The school supply drive is one way we can help make a difference for these kids.”
Volunteers from Venture Crew 90, a youth service group chartered by Lockheed Martin, and Girl Scout Troop 4326, from Marlton, sorted and assembled the kits of donated supplies. Staples National Advantage offered Lockheed Martin’s employees a discounted rate for this effort, and also donated 100 school supply kits toward the cause.
The annual school supply drive is just one example of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to education and its local community. Throughout the year, the company promotes math, science, engineering and technology to local students through educational outreach programs like: Minorities in Engineering, FIRST Robotics, Women in Engineering, the Future Engineers and Scientists Outreach Program, Space Day and National Engineers Week. Each program is designed to excite students through hands-on activities and interaction with engineering professionals.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.