US$65,000 grant contributes to renovated classrooms
MONCTON, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Today UPS (NYSE: UPS) and Moncton
Headstart unveiled three renovated and restocked children's classrooms
as part of a US$65,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. This past June
the adult learners' classroom was also renovated courtesy of the grant.
"September is back to school and a time for new beginnings," said Karan
Wood, global business services operations manager at UPS. "UPS is proud
to be able to provide stimulating equipment for the children of Moncton
Headstart to help build their futures. With this new equipment, plus
the teachers, administrators and the care the children receive, the
children are getting a great start to their new school year."
The children's program serves 44 children ranging in age from two to
five years in three classrooms. It uses the HighScope® curriculum, a quality approach based on over 40 years of research. The
curriculum fosters and scaffolds children's developmentally appropriate
experiences in self-help, motor, cognition, communication skills,
problem solving, relations with peers and adults and resolving
conflicts. Parents spend two days a month with their children in the
classroom to improve their own parenting skills, their parent-child
relationships and to better understand their child's development and
"We strive for excellence in all we do, but with such tight budgets we
are rarely able to update equipment and educational tools," said Clare
Archibald, executive director of Moncton Headstart. "Receiving this
grant from UPS allowed us to look at the most stimulating learning
materials and equipment available to build optimal learning
environments for these children. When the children returned in
September they found lots of new and interesting materials to explore.
UPS's grant program highlights the company's philosophy of striking a
balance between financial contributions and hands-on volunteer hours.
Organizations are nominated for grants by UPS employees and must have
benefited from 50 hours of hands-on volunteering from UPS employees to
qualify. UPS Canada employees volunteered over 21,000 hours to more
than 260 charitable organizations across Canada in 2011.
Moncton Headstart is a charitable non-profit early family intervention
agency focused on building school readiness skills with children and
their parents. Programs and services aim to build healthy
relationships, improve self-esteem, develop new skills, enhance
existing skills and encourage self-sufficiency. Headstart families
sometimes struggle to meet their basic needs and require opportunities,
services, resources, awareness and programs to thrive and grow.
About The UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating
community involvement to local, national and global communities. In
2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than
$93.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS
Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
Image with caption: "An image of Moncton Headstart's children's classroom before renovations. (CNW Group/UPS Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120928_C2675_PHOTO_EN_18621.jpg
Image with caption: "An after shot of the upgraded children's classroom with new materials, equipment and renovations. Moncton Headstart unveiled three renovated and restocked children's classrooms today as part of a US$65,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. (CNW Group/UPS Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120928_C2675_PHOTO_EN_18623.jpg
SOURCE: UPS Canada Ltd.
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