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3 CMS schools get big gift

TIAA-CREF today donated one ton of school supplies to three north Charlotte schools.

The supplies were collected by employees of the company over the last few weeks.

"Our employees have a long tradition of contributing to those efforts that help support the greater good," said Bertram Scott, executive director of TIAA-CREF, a leading provider of planning services for academic, medical and research professionals.

"But this school supply drive exceeded our expectations, both across the country and especially here in Charlotte."

Employees deli8ve4red supplies to the three schools -- Hidden Valley Elementary, in the Hidden Valley community off West Sugar Creek Road; Ranson Middle, on Statesville Avenue; and Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, on Neal Road in the IBM Research Park area. All three schools have much larger percentages of students from low-income families than the overall CMS average.