Any additional funds a school can receive are greatly appreciated. Local elementary school principal Jan Smith was one of those giving thanks late this week when a local retail store made a sizeable donation.
Brad Shook, manager at the local Belk, presented Smith and L.C. Kerr School with nearly $4,000 to assist the school in educating students.
According to a representative of the company, the Clinton Belk branch raised $3,853 for the school through its first holiday fundraising campaign, Angel Days. Angel Days provided customers an opportunity to support local Title I elementary schools through direct contributions at local Belk stores. Each store donated 100 percent of the proceeds of the program to a local Title I elementary school. The schools can use the funding to support their individual needs.
” We are so appreciative of Belk’s continued support of education,” Smith said. “We will use these funds to assist in purchasing technology and manipulatives for the students to use.”
Customers donated to the program throughout December. For a $1 contribution, customers received an ornament to place on the Belk angel tree in the store. For a $5 contribution, customers received an ornament for the angel tree and an exclusive angel pin.
“Belk has a longstanding commitment to the communities we serve, and this program gives us a way to raise thousands of dollars for our local schools,” noted Jessica Graham, vice president of communications and community relations. “We wanted to offer customers a way to participate in the giving season, not just through shopping, but through giving back to their local communities.”
Title I schools are defined by the U.S. Department of Education as those with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.