Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019 to Hold Ribbon Cutting for Completion of Class Project

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May 22, 2019
Tucson, Ariz. (May 21, 2019) – The Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) Class of 2019, in partnership with the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF), will be holding a ribbon cutting and open house on Monday, June 3rd at 10:30am at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church at 3809 E. 3rd Street to celebrate the construction of a hygiene pantry to benefit Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) students and families.
 
This past February, GTL selected EEF as the beneficiary of its class project. The project consists of the buildout and supply of a hygiene pantry for low-income students and families throughout TUSD. The pantry is expected to decrease health-related issues and lead to increased attendance and a greater likelihood of achieving high school graduation.
 
Brent Aleksich, GTL class member and Senior Electrical Engineer with Burns & McDonell, along with volunteers from this year’s class completed construction on the space this past weekend and are now focusing on product donations. To date, GTL class members have raised more than $16,000 for the project and $4,000 for supplies but more funding is needed.
 
“We are still in need of donations,” said Project Lead, Robyn Lambert with On Media. “This pantry will succeed with help from the community. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit our project website.”
 
GTL Executive Director Kasey Hill said “This year’s class did a great job of identifying a need in our community. This project has brought forward an issue that doesn’t get much attention and affects a large population of students in our local school system.”
 
Leslie Edwards, Executive Director of EEF has been thrilled with the progress so far. “EEF is so fortunate to be working with GTL on this project. We can’t wait to open our doors and assist TUSD students who are in the most need and relieve the financial burden on staff and educators that have been shouldering this burden by purchasing these supplies out of their own funds.”
 
About Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019
The Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019 is comprised of 33 local professionals from different backgrounds and organizations. The class has selected a project that reflects the GTL curriculum and addresses a need in our community. For more information visit greatertucsonleadership.org.
 
About Educations Enrichment Foundation
EEF is a 36-year-old charitable foundation that provides resources to expand and enrich learning for TUSD students. Since 1983, EEF has raised and distributed more than $5 million in services to students and teachers in the district. It provides financial support and resources through its Basic Needs Program, Classroom Grants and student scholarships. For more information on EEF, visit eeftucson.org