Norfolk Southern and United Way of South Hampton Roads delivered 1,200 new books and 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children at four elementary schools in Norfolk. The schools are affiliated with United for Children, a community collaborative of professionals passionate about removing barriers, so that all children can succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life. A $20,000 grant from Norfolk Southern made the event possible.
The donations will help Pre-K to 5th-grade students excel at their STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), increase early childhood literacy, and help children develop a love of reading. The backpacks were filled with pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, notebooks, and hygiene products.
The donated items were hand-delivered to the schools by representatives from Norfolk Southern and United for Children, who presented them to eager groups of children at PB Young, Sr. Elementary, Jacox Elementary, Chesterfield Elementary, and Tidewater Park Elementary. One happy Jacox student said, “This is the happiest day of my life! I love to read, and I can’t wait to read about my new friend, Lulu. My favorite part of this book is my special message from Norfolk Southern in the front flap that reads, ‘YOU are amazing!’ This makes me smile! Thank you, Norfolk Southern!”