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SunDance Hosts Back-To-School Donation Drive

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17 Aug 2022

As summer starts to wane, we’re greeted with big yellow school buses and the back-to-school aisles torn asunder. The start of a new school year brings many opportunities for the children in our communities, but it also draws attention to the problems teachers and students face when it comes to supplies. 29% of parents say they can’t afford back to school supplies for their children, and 94% of public school teachers pay out of pocket to supply their classrooms with essential items.

Our SunDance employees try to give back to the local community whenever possible. We kicked off a donation drive for A Gift for Teaching in early July. A Gift for Teaching is a local nonprofit aimed at helping Orange and Osceola County teachers stock their classrooms through their free teacher supply stores, supplied partially by donations. This store allows teachers to get necessary supplies once a month they need for their classrooms, with the average ‘shopping trip’ giving over $600 in classroom materials.

We held our supply drive for 4 weeks and donated:

  • 7 boxes of crayons
  • 4 boxes of colored pencils
  • 2 packs of highlighters
  • 5 packs of markers
  • 5 binders
  • 2 pairs of scissors
  • 33 folders
  • 2 index dividers
  • 2 notecard packs
  • 4 pencil cases
  • 235 eraser caps
  • 1 50 pencil, eraser cap, and sharpener pack
  • 12 spiral notebooks
  • 7 glue bottles
  • 26 glue sticks
  • 18 composition notebooks
  • 240 pencils
  • 30 pens
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 32 laptop bags
  • 1 full box of 8x11 paper, cut down to size and shrink wrapped in house into individual bundles

SunDance employees were able to fill a pallet for A Gift for Teaching to help provide our local educators with the supplies they need to ensure the children in our school districts can thrive this year. We thank our employees and management for helping make a difference in our community during this time of year!

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Kandi Johansmeyer

Kandi Johansmeyer

Kandi Johansmeyer manages the SunDance Sales and Marketing Team, bringing over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, manufacturing, and management. Her proven brand management track record spans a number of industries, including travel/leisure, hoteliers, residential builders, horticulture, vacation ownership, and higher education. This wealth of experience allows her to easily adapt relevant sales and marketing strategies based on the selling environment and audience.

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