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Allen Tate donates $5,600 to two elementary schools

Allen Tate Realtors have donated $5,600 to two elementary schools in the Union County Public Schools system. Pictured from left, are East Elementary Assistant Principal Jalonda Polk; Rose Marie Crowell, broker/Realtor with Allen Tate; Ron Sumrow, Allen Tate Realtors area manager for Union County; and Walter Bickett Principal John Jones.

Business partnerships are a vital link to the success of the public school system. Over the past eight years, one such partner, Allen Tate Realtors, has donated more than $30,000 and countless man-hours to one Union County elementary school – Walter Bickett Elementary.
Local agents not only have an annual fund-raiser for public education, but also donate their time to read to children and assist the school’s media center at Walter Bickett Elementary School. The monetary help comes from an annual event held each year called a FUNDay, a fee-based event where Realtors and employees pay to play golf and other activities, with all proceeds benefitting public education.

The day also includes silent and live auctions to raise additional funds. More than 750 individuals participated in the 11th annual event, held at The Point Lake & Golf Club on Lake Norman. Since it began, FUNDay has raised more than $938,000 for public education.

“FUNDay gives everyone at Allen Tate a chance to directly impact the local school systems and organizations committed to quality education,” said Ron Sumrow, Allen Tate area manager for Union County. “It celebrates the spirit of working together, having fun and giving back to the communities that have been supportive to our company.”

This year’s FUNDay, held in September of 2008, raised $110,000, with all proceeds benefitting public education. Approximately $5,600 of that goes to Union County elementary students.

Besides Walter Bickett Elementary, Allen Tate Realtors decided this year to make a one-time monetary donation to East Elementary School. “We challenged our folks to see if we could also benefit another school,” Sumrow said. “We decided that East would be a very worthy school to help.”

Sumrow and the company’s 2008 FUNDay chairman, Rose Marie Crowell, presented Walter Bickett Principal John Jones and East Elementary School assistant principal Jalonda Polk a check Thursday (January 22, 2008) for $5,600. The schools will split the money.
“We are extremely pleased to present this check to Walter Bickett and East Elementary,” Sumrow said. “Allen Tate Realtors are keenly aware of the importance of solid, successful public school systems for families making home-buying and relocation decisions. …This is not a company check. It’s the work of the agents. The company is presenting an environment for us to do it, but it’s the agents and the managers who raise the money.”
“We’re very appreciative for this money from Allen Tate Realtors,” said East Elementary School assistant principal Jalonda Polk. “We can use it for books and different incentives for student achievements. The teachers and students will greatly appreciate it.”
Walter Bickett principal John Jones said the money is used for special programming at the school and to help economically disadvantaged students.
“This funding helps our kids have a good experience at school – that could be to allow them to attend a field trip or for students who do not have a book bag or supplies at the beginning of school,” he said.
Jones said the money can also be used to help lower the barriers and help put economically disadvantaged students on equal footing with other students. “We have uniforms at our school, for example, and there are some students whose parents are unable to afford them,” Jones said. “This money would allow us to help them purchase a uniform.”
The Allen Tate Realtors in Monroe is one of 50 branches in the Charlotte, upstate South Carolina, Triad and Triangle regions.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 26, 2009 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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