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Curry Real Estate Services Supports Kansas City School In Need During the Holidays

by Suzanne Licata

Curry Real Estate Services, a full-service commercial and multifamily real estate brokerage and property management company that serves the Kansas City area, organized a supply drive for one Kansas City public elementary school that has 99 percent of students on free or reduced meals. Curry associates donated more than $4,000 in school supplies and personal care items to the school as part of Curry’s annual holiday giving project.

Like many schools, the school that Curry donated to is in need of basic classroom necessities such as pencils and paper. Some of the more than 500 students that attend the school also lack basic personal care items such as snacks, band aids and feminine hygiene products. To help provide for their students, teachers at the school have taken to paying for these supplies out-of-pocket, an act that mirrors the national trend. 94 percent of public school teachers around the United States reported paying an average of $479 for school supplies and personal items for their students, according to a study released in 2018 by the Federal Department of Education.

“Giving back has always been important to my family,” said Ellen Todd, President of Curry Real Estate Services, a family-owned company. “My sisters and I grew up with regular examples of giving back which naturally spilled over to our company. When I learned of the school’s immense need,  I knew the Curry team would step up and offer support. While I am extremely proud of the entire Curry team for working with the school’s teachers to identify needs and graciously donating those items, there is still more work to be done.Schools across Kansas City are in need of supplies and personal care items for students year-round and I encourage other businesses to offer what they can to support those schools.”

Items that Curry donated included gloves, hats, Kleenex, Clorox wipes, lotion, band aids, pencils, dry erase markers and more to ensure that students are equipped to learn and succeed inside and outside the classroom. The largest donation came from Curry employee Nena Burgard, who attended this school as a child.

“When I learned that Curry was donating to the elementary school that I attended as a child, I wanted to get involved in whatever way I could,” said Burgard. “I am thankful to work at a business that allows me to do so and values giving back to the community.”

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