Clewiston, FL – In preparation for the upcoming school year ahead and to assist families impacted by COVID-19,the people of U.S. Sugar this week donated 3,500 supply-filled backpacks to students in Hendry, Glades and Martin County. This follows the contribution of more than 5,000 filled backpacks supplied to the elementary schools in Western Palm Beach County.
“Every young student in our region will be trying to get back into the rhythm of a new school year, so we’re pleased to help get them get off to a solid start with a backpack full of school supplies,” said Brannan Thomas, Community Relations Manager.
Thomas added that each backpack also contained an easy-to-understand card with graphics illustrating COVID-19 precautions based on CDC recommendations such as wearing protective face coverings, frequent hand washing and social distancing for students.
To limit contact and abide by Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, a handful of U.S. Sugar representatives delivered backpacks to each school for safe distribution later to students.
“We appreciate U.S. Sugar’s thoughtful donation and willingness to give back to our communities, especially during this difficult time for teachers, students and parents,” said Melissa Whitehead Carter, principal of Central Elementary in Clewiston. “Parents in our community will be happy to have one less expense in preparing their children to get back to school this year.”
“Papers, pencils and a new pack may seem like small items to many of us, but when you’re out of work and just trying to make ends meet, they can seem like the greatest luxury,” said Sister Elizabeth Dunn, Director of Hope Rural School in Indiantown.
Throughout the pandemic, the people of U.S. Sugar have responded by providing hot meals, fresh produce and essential protective equipment and supplies across South Florida. The health and safety of its families, communities and its neighbors have remained a priority since the company was founded in 1931.