For Immediate Release
Contact: G. Robnett, (314) 371-8585
A Year of Achievement Begins with the STLCEF First Day of School Program
(St. Louis, MO) - The St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation (STLCEF) and City License Collector’s Office continued its support of the St. Louis Public Schools with its Annual First Day of School Academic Achievement Program at DunbarElementary School. Nearly 200 children were welcomed to school on their First Day by Michael McMillan, Board Chairman, and George Robnett, Executive Director, of STLCEF. McMillan spoke to the children stating, "We want you to start off the year with all of the supplies that you need to make good grades this year. Today you will receive prizes to reward you for coming to school today. I believe that each of you should have the necessary tools at school so you will succeed and remember the rewards that education can bring by having good attendance, good grades and a good behavior." Everyone in attendance received prizes including parents, teachers and volunteers. Among the special attractions was the character, Elmo, who entertained the children.
The First Day of School Program is one of five different events that STLCEF hosts for public school children. Other programs include: Halloween Safety Program; Holiday Program; Academic Achievement Luncheons; and Back to School and Community Empowerment Festival, this year co-hosted with the St. Louis Public Schools, which attracted over 13,000 people. These programs are made possible through donations from corporations such as Ameren Missouri; The Keefe Group; Monsanto; Citi, Dad’s Cookies; Pepsi; Lewis, Rice & Fingersh; and Papa John’s.