CHARLOTTE- An international real estate franchise closed all of their offices across the world Thursday for one day to give back to their community.
It was the global day of giving for more than 170,000 employees at Keller Williams. Renewing, energizing, and donating…or ‘RED Day’.
“We’ve built houses, we’ve helped with the homeless coalition, we’ve helped with Octagon, down near Fort Myers and this year, what we wanted to do was give back to our school system,” said Keller Williams Realtor, Amanda Bishop.
Realtors donated supplies to Charlotte County elementary schools to help not only the students, but also the teachers.
“As a former public school teacher myself, and I’ve worked down in the Sarasota County school systems too, at the end of the year, every school supply counts,” said Penny Donald Productivity Coach and Realtor at Keller Williams Realty.
Thursday morning, employees brought 458 classrooms at 12 elementary schools in Charlotte County, a hand–packed bag of supplies.
“They’re so happy. The teachers are amazing,” Bishop said.
Donald said, “We cannot thank the teachers enough for all of their hard work and dedication that they do.”
Johanna Zalopany, a 4th grade teacher said any help she can get, makes a difference.
She said, “We do a lot of projects, which require glue and scissors that are always disappearing, so we spent a lot of money on that. We also need paper and science projects require a lot of extra money that is not included in our science curriculum.”
Carmel Kisiday, Director of Elementary Learning for Charlotte County Schools said, “Knowing our teachers are all receiving school supplies…there’s nothing like that, just the feeling that they have in their hearts.”