INDIANAPOLIS — Jackson Systems LLC partnered with local businesses to brighten the holidays for the students at William Penn Elementary School #49 in Indianapolis. William Penn Elementary School #49 is one of the least privileged of all Indianapolis Public Schools. Many of the schools’ students are homeless, and many others live in foster care or group homes. The school administrators and teachers recognize that they have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their students. They care for their students greatly and strive to help them overcome their many barriers. Offering programs like free breakfast and lunch to all students, utility bill assistance, and raising funds for student uniforms, these gracious caregivers go above and beyond for these children they care deeply for.

Each year Jackson Systems provides two classrooms with winter gloves, books, school supplies, fruit, candy, and a classroom party. The kids get to choose their own book, which in some cases is the first book they have ever owned.

Jackson Systems partnered with other local businesses to take this program to a new level. The entire school enjoyed a holiday party including a visit from Santa and one of his reindeer. Activities included a relay race and snowball fight with stuffed snowballs. With the help of partners, Jackson Systems also provided each grade level (K-6) an Elmo-themed visual aid projector and a computer projector.

“Our goal for getting the word out about this event is to encourage other local businesses to sponsor a public school and host a similar event,” stated Tom Jackson, president, Jackson Systems. “The joy and excitement of the children who participate in this event reminds us of why we do it every year. We are so grateful to our partners who have helped us make this much bigger than ever.”

Local business partners for this event included Ermco, National Trade Supply, Direct Connect Printing, Snap-On Tools, Reachmore, The Family Business Legacy, and Silver Square.

Publication date: 6/24/2013 

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