Junior Achievement fosters school adoption for local elementary school in need

Published: September 23, 2015

CNLBank supports Bonita Springs Elementary School with annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive”

Dozens of school supplies were donated to Bonita Springs Elementary School on Aug. 19 through the fundraising efforts of five Southwest Florida branches of CNLBank. The successful “Adopt a School Supply Drive” was fostered through Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s mutual partnership with CNLBank and Bonita Springs Elementary School and will result in future “JA in a Day” volunteering opportunities with the partnering business and school.

A long-time and invaluable partner of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, CNLBank reached out to the organization to connect them to a school that would benefit greatly from the company’s annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive.” Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida made the introduction between CNLBank and Bonita Springs Elementary School and the fundraising efforts commenced. Throughout the months of July and August, CNLBank raised supplies to fulfill the school’s wish list of necessary school materials, including writing utensils, notebooks, folders, binders and other various supplies. Through the support of CNLBank’s employees, clients and associates, the company presented Bonita Springs Elementary School with five to 10 packages or boxes of every item on the school’s wish list.

“One of our core values is to respect the dignity of every individual. The associates at CNLBank do a wonderful job demonstrating our commitment to this core value by participating in community partnerships such as our annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive” and volunteering to teach Junior Achievement programs,” said Katherine Carter, senior vice president and business development officer of CNLBank. “Our involvement in this process with Junior Achievment and Bonita Springs Elementary School has strengthened and enriched the workplace environment at CNLBank.”

“My teachers were overwhelmed with the generosity of CNLBank and feel quite fortunate for the company’s kindness,” said Susan Caputo, principal of Bonita Springs Elementary School. “Many of our parents cannot buy the needed supplies for their children and it would be a challenge for our school to purchase all school supplies for the students. Because of this generous donation, our children have received the supplies needed for their school year.”

CNLBank will continue its partnership with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and Bonita Springs Elementary School through the “JA in a Day” program. CNLBank will volunteer at the elementary school during the 4th quarter of the school year in order to teach a half-day workshop that includes speaking to the students about entrepreneurship to help them learn the tools and fundamentals of business. The program will consist of five sessions including, “Am I an Entrepreneur?,” “Regional Resources: Tools for Entrepreneurs,” “The Hot Dog Stand Entrepreneurs Are Problem Solvers,” and “My Region in the World.” These sessions will offer students examples of well-known businesses, resources for business success, fundamentals of being a business owner, problem solving and manufacturing and trade experience.

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