February 1, 2013 – This year, for the third year in a row, iSqFt is being recognized for its community service and charitable work in an article in the January 2013 edition of Smart Business magazine. We won the prestigious Pillar Award for Community Service in 2011 and 2012, and weâ€™re a finalist again in 2013.
But the real story is the people who turn great ideas in to action. Todayâ€™s story is about an iSqFt team member who took the time to find out where a donation of school supplies could have the greatest impact, and maybe even change some lives.
LaTora Jackson, a Financial Analyst with iSqFt, wanted to find a way to help kids at struggling schools. â€śItâ€™s hard to believe, but there are kids out there, in my city, who donâ€™t have pencils, paper, crayons–the basics.â€ť
She began by finding the three lowest-performing schools, and then learned that the Roll Hill Academy was a â€śturn-aroundâ€ť school. â€śThe city came through with some funding, got them a new school building, and theyâ€™re working to change the course for these kids,â€ť says Jackson. â€śThat was where I thought our supplies could make an impact.â€ť
The original aim of the program was to assemble backpacks with a set list of items–pencils, rulers, paper, etc.–and give them to 10-20 kids who needed them. But the final tally was 40 complete backpacks. â€śWe were thrilled with that, of course,â€ť says Jackson. â€śBut the response we got from the school was the real reward.â€ť
Jackson says that teachers are still using the supplies iSqFt provided, and giving their neediest students the tools they need to succeed.