American Licorice provided school supplies to five elementary schools in La Porte Indiana, earlier in August. This is the second year that American Licorice made a grant to the Kids in Need Foundation and donated school supplies to La Porte schools. Associates of the La Porte facility passed out backpacks at Lincoln, Riley, Handley, Hailmann, and Kingsford Heights schools.
The backpacks contain pencils, paper, and all the basic supplies that students need. Principal Diane Szynal, of Lincoln school, is quoted in the La Porte Herald-Argus, “supplies are important for students, especially those whose parents have trouble affording them.” “If students have their basic supplies starting out,” she said, “it gets them off to a great start of school.”
As a result of higher than expected enrollment, La Porte employees found that we were short the original planned donation of 1,605 backpacks. Employees went to the stores, bought supplies for the additional 113 children, and made up the difference.
Dr. Glade T. Montgomery, Superintendent, and Linda Wiltfong, the Assistant Superintendent of the La Porte community School Corporation expressed their appreciation for American licorice’s commitment to begin the school year fully supplied in a letter. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to benefit from American Licorice’s generosity and express appreciation on behalf of ourselves, our staff, and our students”.
American Licorice will be donating supplies to 1,884 students at three schools in the Bay Area, including Achieve Academy in Oakland, California, Emanuele Elementary School in Union City, California, and Searles Elementary School in Union City, California, later in August. We will also be donating supplies to 1,283 students in Central Oregon, at Bear Creek and Juniper Elementary schools in Bend and at Metolius Elementary school in Metolius, Oregon.