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UCPS employees again recognized as United Way top giver

Richard Heins, (at left), United Way vice president of county operations, presents UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis a plaque honoring Union County Public Schools employees for being the top giver in the 2013 United Way Campaign.

For the second year running, Union County Public Schools teachers, principals, Central Office personnel and maintenance workers alike have been recognized as the top givers to the United Way’s 2013 Campaign.

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis was presented an award on behalf of the school system at Friday’s (April 4, 2014) United Way Annual Thank You Breakfast held at Carolinas Medical Center-Union.

Ellis said the fact that UCPS educators gave about $176,000 is even more remarkable when you consider that educators have not had a pay-raise in five years. “It’s easy to do good things when you work with like-minded people,” she said. “Folks join together for the betterment of the all.”

Michael Lutes of Carolinas Medical Center-Union and a member of the 2013 Union County United Way Board of Directors said UCPS set the example for leadership in the community.

“(UCPS) employees serve on the local United Way Board and serve on every United Way council or committee we have,” Lutz said. “More than 300 of their employees came out to volunteer for Day of Caring. Their campaign raised nearly $176,000, which is the largest school campaign in our five-county region.”

Six UCPS schools were also recognized for their contributions: Forest Hills High School raised $8,000 (with a 74 percent participation rate); Marvin Ridge High raised $5,700; Monroe High raised about $6,000; Piedmont High raised about $6,000; Piedmont Middle raised about $7,500 (with an 81 percent participation rate); and Weddington High raised more than $18,000 (the largest school campaign in the region).

Ellis, who chaired the 2013 United Way Campaign, said the money raised by United Way helped 19 agencies that serve more than 40,000 people in Union County.

Former UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, the 2013 Union United Way Board Chair, said the job as board chairman was a “joyous job.”

“There is no higher calling than to look out for our fellowman,” Davis said.

The top 10 organizations recognized at the breakfast as top givers in the 2013 United Way campaign are the Union County Public Schools; Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Plastics Division; ATI Allvac; Carolinas Medical Center-Union; RSC Chemical Solutions; Tyson Foods; UTC Aerospace Systems; Union County; UPS-Monroe; and Wingate University.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 06, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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