Murphy Elementary School Receives $5,000 in Back-to-School Program Donation

The Meemic Foundation supplies to local schools as part of Schools in Need program

The Meemic Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Meemic Insurance Company, partnered up with local Illinois Meemic agents to surprise Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park with basic back-to-school supplies purchased through Quill.com and a Second Step 1st-5th grade bundle on Friday, September 15th. Murphy Elementary is one of three schools in Illinois that will receive a supply donation, valued at over $5,000 as part of the Schools in Need program.

Murphy Elementary was devastated by flooding that caused significant damage within the school this past July. Donating school supplies and classroom programs will play a large part in the school standing back up on its feet again.

Illinois Meemic representative, Abbey Falasz, collaborated with local school district-level administrators and Murphy Elementary principal, Dr. Philip Georgia, to surprise teachers and students on this exciting day of donations. Meemic insurance representative Lynn Epperson of Lynn Epperson Agency in Lake Villa played an integral role in the Murphy Elementary School event, matching the Meemic Foundation donation to ensure a greater giving impact. Falasz and Epperson were present at the donation presentation along with fellow Meemic representatives.

Annually, teachers spend a good amount of their hard-earned money on educational supplies for their classrooms. According to a recent study conducted by Perry Research Professionals for the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), public school teachers in the United States spend more than $1.6 billion out-of-pocket on school supplies and instructional materials. That equates to an average total of $945 on materials per teacher per year for their classrooms.

The Meemic Foundation is deeply committed to providing resources to the educational community to combat the out-of-pocket costs educators endure each year. In addition to the local Illinois donations, Meemic will present a total of nine back-to-school supply donation surprises across Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan as the 2017-18 school year kicks off.

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