Employee volunteers from Booz Allen Hamilton's Aberdeen office delivered more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, in addition to several boxes of additional materials, to support Edgewood Elementary School students as they kicked off the new school year.
For the fourth consecutive year, Edgewood Elementary School made their school supply list "optional" for students because of the current economic environment. With nearly 70 percent of students at the school receiving free or reduced-cost meals, the school views this as a way to reduce the financial burden on families. As part of Booz Allen's community outreach, employees participated in the "Operation Fill a Backpack" school supply drive to collect new backpacks and school supplies for local students in need. This was the third year in a row Booz Allen Aberdeen held the three-week supply drive for the school.
"The spirit of service is one of Booz Allen's core values," Booz Allen Senior Vice President Brian McKeon said. "Initiatives such as 'Operation Fill a Backpack' allow our employees to make a difference. We strive not only to make a positive impact on our clients, but also in the communities where we live and work."
Edgewood Elementary School Principal Jennifer Drumgoole offered her thanks to the many Booz Allen volunteers who participated in the school supply drive.
"The faculty and staff at Edgewood Elementary School are overwhelmed by Booz Allen's generosity," Drumgoole said. "In times of limited resources, donations like these make all the difference. Many, many students will reap the benefits of these backpacks and supplies; they will now have the tools they need to be successful."
Volunteerism is a key component of Booz Allen's corporate identity, with Community Partnerships and Philanthropy, or CP&P, committees at Booz Allen offices across the country coordinating such opportunities at the local level. In addition to "Operation Fill a Backpack," Aberdeen office employees volunteer with various charities throughout the year, including the Harford County Boys and Girls Clubs, Toys for Tots, Rebuilding Together, Spousal Abuse/Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), the Maryland SPCA and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.