Dec 5 2018

Warming Hearts and Growing Minds with United Way of Central Maryland

Rolling into our third annual charity event in Harford County, we wanted to find a new way to give back to our community.  With the wisdom and guidance of United Way of Central Maryland, we learned about the Great Neighbor Initiative at Halls Cross Roads Elementary School located a few short miles from Spartan’s HQ.­­­­

The Great Neighbor Initiative connects local businesses and non-profit groups with the school to improve the attendance of students by focusing on assisting the school with rewards and incentives and finding ways to improve the health and wellness of Halls Cross Roads families.

With our entire organization (100+) in Bel Air for our National Sales Meeting, we dedicated an afternoon to creating 400 kits to warm the hearts and bodies of these children in need.

Halls Cross Roads serves 500+ students in Pre-K through 5th grade, a significant number of which walk to and from school each day. With cold mornings and afternoons fast approaching, our goal was to provide necessities for these children to stay safe and warm on their commute.  Assembly-line style, Spartan packed 300 winter warming kits with socks, hats, gloves, tissues, hot chocolate, and a special message from a Spartan employee.

In hopes of creating a fun way to learn sight words, Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Volunteerism, Beth Littrell, designed literacy kits geared towards the construction industry.  Building around the theme of The Three Little Pigs, we created kits for children to build and test the strength of the pigs’ houses – pipe cleaners for straw, popsicle sticks for wood, and Legos for brick.  Each kit also included the book, and handmade puppets of the three little pigs and the little wolf to act out and test each of the structures.

“We’re excited that Spartan Surfaces could join our Great Neighbor Initiative this year! The literacy kits will be a great addition to our next Family Literacy Night,” said Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School Principal Christina Douglas.

“There is so much need throughout our county and we are always wishing we could do more. This year marks our third annual charity event in Harford County and we are grateful for this annual tradition of giving back. We look forward to all that’s in store for future years and finding ways to continue to have an impact on those who are closest to us.” shared Meredith Nicholson.

Take a look at the video to see the best moments from our annual 2018 Charity Event, courtesy of Spartan’s own videographer, Chris Judd.