Strategic Planning collaborates with The Neighborhood Academy to serve under privileged students - Purple Tote Bag Story Contest Finalist
The Neighborhood Academy (TNA) exists to close the achievement gap by helping students from underserved areas, and has been incredibly successful in doing so. All of the graduating seniors have been accepted to a four-year college or university, 64% graduate from college in five years or less which is well above the national average, and 89% are employed in fields such as business, education, medicine and social work. FedEx Ground Strategic Planning strongly believes that TNA matches our values to create opportunities and promote growth. That is why we devoted our annual United Way “day of caring” to delivering Purple Tote Bags and volunteering at TNA.
Volunteers from FXG Strategic Planning spent the day enhancing the school’s grounds by assisting the landscapers to keep the flower gardens free of weeds and their vegetable gardens healthy. Volunteers also prepared the library for TNA to begin gathering newer and more appropriate books for the school’s new independent reading program called DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). Strategic Planning donated twenty FedEx Purple Tote Bags filled with much needed school supplies and other items requested on the school’s wish list.
FedEx Ground is proud to share a hometown with The Neighborhood Academy as well as TV show icon Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. Mister Rogers is known for creating a calm, safe place for children to learn about themselves and the world around them. As he once said, “We all must find our own ways of coping with life’s stresses. Helping children do that will serve them their whole lives.” The Strategic Planning volunteer team believes TNA is adhering to his advice by helping prepare their students for college and beyond. Our team was impressed with the school and the students that we met and are hopeful that we were able to make a positive impact on the school, just as they had a positive impact on us.