Schools are open and kids are back in the classrooms…much to the joy of parents all over the country. For Steiner Rockford, the start of the school year kicks off something very special that lasts the whole year.
Last year, Steiner’s Rockford office started something small for a local school that has now become a yearly event for our employees that means a lot to them, to the community and to the kids. Following in the tradition of our Elk Grove office and its “Fill the Backpacks” campaign every year, Steiner Rockford adopted a school and has been raising funds for donating basic supplies.
Riverdahl Elementary School in Rockford has an interesting connection to Steiner. The school is named after the great-grandfather of one of our co-workers, Kari Westphal. Steiner decided Riverdahl was the place for a community campaign in 2014. After contacting the school, organizers discovered the students at the school were in need of more than just basic school supplies. Teachers had been struggling with students coming to school with old or unusable shoes, torn clothing; basic everyday apparel many of us might take for granted. Steiner workers started collecting donations themselves and also went around town to garage sales and dollar stores where many other people started donating items and money. Not only did the campaign in August of 2014 bring in those basics, Steiner workers brought in the basic school supplies; pencils, pens, folders, crayons, glue, etc.
But, during this campaign, Steiner also realized Riverdahl Elementary wasn’t air-conditioned. The rooms in the warmer months were so hot, it was tough for students to learn and teachers to teach! In just 48 hours, Steiner employees donated enough money to purchase 18 fans, enough so there would be one for every classroom!
After a second campaign in February 2015 to help refill the supplies from 5 months earlier, Steiner in Rockford decided this would be something they could do every year and recently delivered supplies again to Riverdahl for the start of the 2015 school year.
For Steiner, it’s more than just raising donations or funds for others. This is about community and neighbors. It’s our duty to give back to the community that supports us.
We thank you for allowing us to be part of your communities!