On Wednesday, hundreds of Wilkinsburg PreK-6th grade students at Turner and Kelly Elementary Schools each received their own “Power Tools Homework Kits” during three assemblies held by The Education Partnership’s “Adopt-A-School” program. The kits were filled with school supplies – including notebooks, pencils, crayons and glue – for students to take home with them.
Through the program, Turner and Kelly have been “adopted” by the Schools of the Upper St. Clair School District, Casey’s Clubhouse and Doubletree Hotels. Each adopter raised money and provided volunteer manpower to assemble the homework kits. They also braved the cold and snow to hand-deliver the homework kits to students at each of the schools’ assemblies.
Students sang carols, participated in a confidence boosting activity, received their homework kits and got to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. Each school demonstrated its appreciation in different ways, at Turner, students stood up and flashed “thank you” signs crafted from manila folders and markers. Kelly students wore paper “thank you” headbands colored with crayons.
The impact of The Education Partnership’s program is tremendous. Without it, many of our elementary school students wouldn’t have the tools they need at home to complete their homework. The Education Partnership also keeps our teachers and classrooms well stocked in school supplies. Twice a year, teachers are invited to “shop” at The Education Partnership’s Teacher Resource Center – all at no cost to them.
The relationship between the Wilkinsburg and Upper St. Clair School Districts began with Kelly Elementary kindergarten teacher Diane Meszaros and Eisenhower Elementary PTA President Chrissy Sileo. Involvement later grew to include Principal Mark Miller and the rest of the Upper St. Clair School District (USCSD). Before USCSD officially adopted Kelly and Turner through The Education Partnership’s “Adopt-A-School” program, Eisenhower held fundraisers and drives for the students at Kelly – which they have continued to do even after joining the program. Over the years, Eisenhower has given our students hats, gloves, clothes, umbrellas, books, games and more.
We cannot thank The Education Partnership and our adopters enough for their continuing generosity. We also would like to thank Diane Meszaros and Kristen Depofi Carey, kindergarten teacher at Turner, for organizing and directing the assemblies on our end.