Charlotte, NC — A M King sent its employees back to school on Thursday, August 22. They stood out in blue shirts, emblazoned with the inscription “Hard Hats Warm Hearts,” as they gave out hundreds of red and gray uniformed shirts and thousands of much needed school supplies to students.
The Charlotte-based Design-Build firm partnered with Starmount Academy of Excellence — a Pre-K through fifth grade public school where ninety-nine percent of the 536 students participate in free or reduced lunch programs – for the second time to address some of the school’s greatest needs for its students. “This is a major event that we look forward to participating in every year,” said A M King Vice President Dan Crist. “A lot of our employees have children in K-5 schools, so we understand the value of education and how important it is to be prepared. It means a lot to be able to contribute to the community and see the impact we can have on the children and their parents.”
“A M King provides hope for our school,” said Nancy Martinez, Starmount Academy of Excellence Principal. “They have helped remove obstacles for both the parents and the teachers so that we are all better prepared for the school year. Our students have been given resources that will allow them to aspire to greater heights and reach new goals. The Starmount community is always amazed at the generosity and commitment displayed by A M King and its employees! As a principal, I am moved and excited we have worked together for a second year and to watch our partnership continue to grow.”
A M King hoped to ease the burden this year and make Back-to-School a positive experience, something for parents and students to happily anticipate. Employees unloaded their trucks at Starmount Academy and distributed two uniformed shirts for every student, and supplies for the classrooms, including 2,000 cases of No. 2 pencils, 1,900 composition notebooks, 300 sets of headphones and 500 cases of crayons.
A M King delivered not only needed clothes and supplies, but a little end-of-summer cheer with free Hawaiian-style shaved Kona Ice for every student.
“Supporting children and families in need, and promoting education, has always been the focus of A M King’s community efforts,” explained A M King President Brian King. “This is evidenced by our continued support of the Salvation Army Christmas Angels, 24 Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House and other charitable causes. ‘Fill the Truck’ is a continuation of these efforts, serving both the children and the education needs in our communities.”