Derby, CT – Children at the St. Mary-St. Michael School received a book grant from KBE Building Corporation as part of the construction firm’s 50 Ways to Make a Difference corporate philanthropic initiative.
Each Friday, KBE employees make a donation for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays. In addition to the employee donation, KBE’s senior management team matches the money raised each month, which is then donated to a charity.
For the month of April, KBE’s “Jeans Money” was donated to the St. Mary-St. Michael School to support its “One School, One Book” program.
Thanks to KBE’s donation, the students will be able to enjoy the book “In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog” by Gail Donovan.
After reading the book, the middle grades will able to incorporate it into their phonics lessons, and older students to enhance their essay-writing skills.
Linda Copolla, Principal of the private K-8 school, explained that the school will pass on the books next fall to another school in the state so that other students can continue to benefit from KBE’s donation.
Jonelle Lawhorn, KBE Director of Marketing, presented the grant to the school and more than 140 enthusiastic students.