Thousands of students from low-income families in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Union counties will have school uniforms again this year, courtesy of Belk Inc.
Belk officials earlier this week donated more than 3,300 new school uniforms to students served by United Way agencies. The recipients will be students in schools where uniforms are required.
This is the third year for the program, and Belk has donated more than 8,500 of the two-piece uniforms, with a retail value of about $200,000. The program started with donations to five Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools two years ago.
During the presentation this week, Belk officials also announced they are encouraging area residents to send new or gently used uniforms to Crisis Assistance Ministry or to the Kannapolis City or Union County school systems. Information about this donation program is available online.
Belk has expanded the program to other markets, including Savannah and Jackson, Miss.
“This donation allows Belk to combine our retail acumen with our passion for local philanthropy, so we’re honored to continue partnering with United Way,” said Adam Orvos, Belk’s chief financial officer.
Schools receiving the uniforms are:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg: Albemarle Road Elementary, Ashley Park Academy, Billingsville Elementary, Bruns Academy, Walter G. Byers Academy, Druid Hills Academy, Hidden Valley Elementary, Montclaire Elementary, Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary, Thomasboro Academy, and Winterfield Elementary.
Cabarrus County/Kannapolis City: Fred L. Wilson Elementary, Jackson Park Elementary, Shady Brook Elementary, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Other schools also receiving uniforms.
Union County: Benton Heights Elementary, East Elementary, Rock Rest Elementary, and Walter Bickett Elementary. Other schools also receiving uniforms.
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