AT&T: AT&T Pioneers donate over 620 new backpacks to Milwaukee elementary school students

‘Tools for Learning Project’ Provides Backpacks

Filled With School Supplies to Needy Students

MILWAUKEE, Thursday, August 29, 2013 — More than 620 Milwaukee elementary school students have new backpacks filled with school supplies for the new school year, thanks to a donation today from the Milwaukee area AT&T Pioneers.

The AT&T Pioneers visited six Milwaukee schools today to donate the new backpacks and school supplies as part of their annual “Tools for Learning Project.” Each year, the Pioneers work to raise money, purchase supplies and stuff backpacks to help needy students start the school year fully supplied and ready to learn.

“Through our Tools for Learning Project, the AT&T Pioneers are making sure hundreds of needy students have the supplies they need to achieve and succeed in the classroom,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “For some families, shopping for new backpacks and school supplies is not always an option. The AT&T Pioneers have really stepped up to ensure these students have the tools they need to be successful in the new school year.”

Members of the Broadway AT&T Pioneers chapter donated backpacks and supplies to the following six Milwaukee elementary schools:

· Clarke Street School

· Hayes Bilingual School

· Silver Spring Elementary School

· Oliver Wendell Holmes School

· Young Leaders Academy

· Jared Bruce Academy

“Nothing is more important for a strong Wisconsin future than ensuring a quality education for all of our children,” said State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). “These backpacks and supplies will help hundreds of Milwaukee students be prepared for the new school year and succeed in the classroom.”

Last year, the Pioneers donated over 1,000 backpacks to more than 30 elementary schools around the state. The AT&T Pioneers are a local organization of employees and retirees who volunteer their time to various community causes.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin

608-282-7870

[email protected]