Lenovo Employees Care:  School Supply Drive Nets 20,000 Items

As a new school year gets underway in North Carolina, the generosity of Lenovo team members will ensure that many students are prepared for the classroom. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, 50 Lenovo volunteers delivered school supplies to Boys and Girls Clubs in Durham and Wake County. It’s become an annual tradition. Since 2010, Lenovo’s community relations team has coordinated a school supply drive, with this year’s effort generating 20,000+ items.

But it’s more than just helping students at the start of the year. The Boys and Girls Clubs are also able to stock “Lenovo Power Hour Stores” with school supplies. Members are able to shop throughout the school year using points earned at the club. And North America VP Scott Ottman even added an extra incentive for Durham Boys & Girls Club members – a new YOGA notebook PC. Ottman challenged the students to start the school year strong with good grades and behavior. At the end of the first quarter, the Club will award the YOGA to the top performing member.

In addition to delivering supplies, volunteers hosted a mini-science fair with project that included creating lava lamps, catapults and volcanoes. Joining Lenovo staff for the event were Manfried Chu and Ed Hill with Intel. Intel is a supply drive partner and contributed funds for items including lunch boxes and calculators.

“I grew up going to a Boys & Girls Club in Fayetteville, NC,” said volunteer Thomas Leak, a North America inside sales representative. “It was a fantastic experience for me and now at Lenovo anytime I hear we’re planning to do something with Boys & Girls Club I raise my hand to get involved and give back.”

Lenovo is a long-standing partner of Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S. and North Carolina’s Triangle region.  The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and protecting children while preserving the beauty and innocence of childhood. The Club serves 400 children every year through after-school and summer camp.