AT&TAT&T Pioneers in Central Pennsylvania today helped students in Harrisburg kickoff the new school year, supplying backpacks and school supplies to each of the students enrolled at the Sylvan Heights Science Academy in the City of Harrisburg.

AT&T technical services employees from the company’s regional offices in Susquehanna Township, along with retail employees from AT&T stores across Central Pennsylvania, came together to raise funds for the project; stuff the backpacks; and deliver them to the school.  Parents and caregivers received the backpacks during a back-to-school night on August 14.

All told, 220 students will start the new school year with backpacks loaded with school supplies.

The Pioneers also provided nearly $520 in “Scholastic Dollars” to help the school purchase books and supplies for the students and school library, and for teacher supplies. The “Scholastic Dollars” were raised during a recent book fair at the AT&T regional office.

“Our employee volunteers, from many different organizations within our company, regularly come together to support programs in communities where we live and work,”  La-Kita Gilmore, president, AT&T Heart of Pennsylvania Pioneer chapter.  “Our members want to make a difference in our community, and this is one way we are achieving our goal.”

Founded in 1911 as the Telephone Pioneers of America, Pioneers has grown to be the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world. A non-profit network of more than 620,000 volunteers, Pioneers is committed to effect immediate, tangible change in local communities.

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