Special Delivery: Nearly $100,000 in School Supplies Donated to DC’s Inner-City Catholic Schools

November 15, 2004

Christmas is coming early this year to 13 Catholic elementary schools in the District of Columbia! Thanks to U.S. Representative John Boehner (R-OH), Yellow Roadway Corporation and the generosity of business leaders, a Roadway Express truck will roll up to the doors of St. Francis Xavier School to deliver $94,000 of school supplies for the kids – from paper to software to laptop computers:

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004
10:00 a.m.
St. Francis Xavier School
2700 “O” Street, SE, Washington, DC

Students from St. Francis and the principals from the Archdiocese of Washington’s Center City Consortium of inner-city schools will be on hand to help unload this special cargo, along with Ms. Mary Anne Stanton, executive director of the Consortium and Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, superintendent of schools.

Taking part will be the people who made it happen: Representative Boehner, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce, who has challenged businesses to reach out to schools in need; Susan Corrigan, President and CEO of Gifts in Kind International; Office Depot Executive Vice President Rick Lepley; Motor Freight Carriers Association President and CEO Tim Lynch, and Vice President of Government Relations for Yellow Roadway Corporation Mike Kelley.

All of them will receive thank you cards made by the students. The children also will enjoy meeting the “Yes We Can” mascot of Yellow Transportation, Inc.

“This donation means so much to our students, teachers and principals,” said Ms. Stanton, “not only because the supplies are so needed, but because it shows us how much people care and how we can all work together to make a positive difference for our children’s futures. We are very grateful to the donors and are looking forward to a fun morning.”

The Center City Consortium, in partnership with the business community, has brought new resources, services, tuition aid and capital improvements to 13 Catholic elementary schools in the District of Columbia. At least 50 percent of Consortium families are at or below poverty level, 70 percent are single-parent households and more than 70 percent are non-Catholic.

Yellow Roadway Corporation is one of the largest transportation service providers in the world. Through its subsidiaries including Yellow Transportation, Roadway Express, New Penn Motor Express, Reimer Express, Meridian IQ and Yellow Roadway Technologies, Yellow Roadway provides a wide range of transportation services integrated by technology. It is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

Gifts In Kind International, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, is the world leader in product philanthropy and the 3rd largest product and service philanthropic provider in the United States. Its network of 450-plus Gifts In Kind® programs provides nonprofits access to million of dollars annually in product and service donations from companies worldwide — nearly $800 million in 2003.

Jennifer Reed
Asst. Director of Communications, Schools
[email protected]