Aptris Helps Local School—Hopes More Businesses Will Follow Example

Tim Ancona (Aptris CEO) holds the award, with Lisa Clark (Loves Park Elementary principal) and Margot Castillo (Loves Park Elementary social worker) to the left.

Tim Ancona received the award at the Harlem School board meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that these contributions have been life changing for the students and their families” (Lisa Clark, Loves Park Elementary Principal)

Aptris announces today that, along with its sister company Ticomix, Harlem School District 122 has awarded it with honorable recognition for its contribution to Loves Park Elementary School. Aptris “adopted” the school in 2015 with a commitment to supplying critical needs for at-risk students through employee-driven gifts and sponsorship.

Loves Park Elementary is located just two blocks from Aptris’ corporate headquarters on North 2nd Street. Aptris’ involvement with the school began when they adopted four families in 2015 and employees purchased gifts for them for Christmas. They have since expanded to 12 families as of 2018.

Other activities have included snack drives, a shoe drive and, most recently, a personal hygiene drive.

“There are two things about this that have been incredible to me,” said Tim Ancona, Aptris CEO. “One is the engagement of our employees. We’re not just writing a check from the corporate account and calling it a day. This is grassroots involvement on the part of every team member. The second incredible thing is the impact such a relatively small amount of effort can make.”

Lisa Clark, Loves Park Elementary School principal, says that impact has been significant. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that these contributions have been life changing for the students and their families,” Lisa said. “There’s just no other way to describe when you see, for example, a child receive the first pair of new shoes they’ve ever owned and it brings tears to their eyes.”

Ancona recently put out a challenge on social media encouraging other businesses to do likewise. He asks, “What if each business took on the task of supporting one local school in an effort to give kids living in poverty a sense of hope and a sense of being valued? This isn’t hard and while one business or one employee can’t change the world, one business and a group of caring employees can change one school.”

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Published at Sun, 02 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000