Essay scores Hollydale school supplies and pizza
On a recent morning, a bunch of wiggly kindergartners line up in front of Hollydale Elementary School and watch a big semi truck cab pull up. The driver, a parent of one of the tiny scholars, announces he had won a company contest and would be delivering $1,000 of school supplies and hosting a class pizza party.
Topping things off, the students will be allowed to tour of the brand new cab.
The kids jump up and down, cheering. They seem most excited about the pizza.
"I think this is a great gift to the school and a great way for businesses to show support to our school," says Principal Debra James.
Michael Cereghino, the parent and truck driver, is one of 10 J.B. Hunt employees nationwide to win an essay-writing contest about why his child's school should get the school supplies and pizza party.
He faced long odds. J.B. Hunt, a trucking, transportation and logistics company based in Lowell, Ark., has more than 22,000 employees. With revenues of about $7 billion, Hunt fields more than 12,000 trucks.
Hollydale kindergarten teacher Heidi Craddock was able to order the supplies she needed most for her classroom. "She picked a lot of hands-on materials so they will last in the classroom for a number of years," James says.
"We're just really happy to give back to our local communities," says Tyler McMullen, operations manager for J.B. Hunt's Portland terminal. "This is just one way we reach out."