September 9 proved to be an exciting day for students at Montclaire Elementary. Not only had the United Way of Central Carolinas selected Montclaire as the location for its 2011 annual campaign kick-off – which meant lots of special visitors and media camera crews – but Montclaire students and staff were the first to learn of a special announcement from United Way and Belk, Inc. Department Stores. As part of a new partnership with United Way, Belk announced its new “Get Cool 4 School” initiative, which includes a donation of 2,000 complete school uniforms to six CMS schools: Ashley Park, Bruns, Walter G. Byers, Druid Hills, Montclaire, and Thomasboro. The uniforms were given to Communities In Schools and A Child’s Place for distribution to students most in need at these six schools.
“We see hundreds of students every year who cannot afford to purchase uniforms,” said Andrew Ladd, VP of Agency Planning and Partnerships. “Even younger students are aware when they don’t have what other students have, and it can impact their confidence and self-esteem, which may impact their focus and learning. We’re very grateful for this much needed donation.”