Thursday, August 28, 2008

PSI Seminars Graduates Lend Support to Elementary School Students

LAS VEGAS — Graduates of PSI Seminars (PSI), a personal development and educational company, have donated more than $30,000 through the organization’s non-profit PSI World to provide support to children attending Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School (4145 Jimmy Durante Drive, Las Vegas). The school, which opened in 1989, serves a high percentage of economically disadvantaged, at-risk and transient children.

Funds were used to purchase backpacks, school supplies, shoes and new athletic socks for 830 children in grades kindergarten through fifth. In addition, 15,000 T-shirts were donated by Just Kiddin’ Playwear — 2,000 for Cunningham Elementary students and 13,000 for Communities in Schools Nevada, a non-profit organization that assists Clark County schools.

More than 50 PSI graduate volunteers measured children’s feet, shopped for school supplies, and assembled and delivered the backpacks to the school, just in time for last week’s open house. Volunteers also enjoyed working with teachers to paint murals in the library, transforming it into a more fun and vibrant place to read, learn and study. PSI plans to continue its support, especially for the school’s most needy children.

“We were shocked to learn that Cunningham Elementary serves as many as 300 transient children each year, children whose families may be in temporary housing and often sleep on the floor,” said Teresa Corbitt, area director for PSI Seminars. “To lend a helping hand, PSI donated 120 sleeping bags to the school and we plan to deliver 100 rolling backpacks in the next few weeks. Since many of these children go without meals on the weekends, we hope the rolling backpacks will enable the children to take food home with them on Fridays. This way they’ll have something to eat on the weekends.”

Several PSI graduates will also be at the school today to fit all 830 children with brand new athletic shoes. “Wal-Mart really stepped in to assist us with special pricing and special delivery of the shoes for the fitting,” said Corbitt.

PSI Seminars is the oldest running personal development company in the United States. For more than 35 years, PSI Seminars has worked with hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to help them discover their ultimate effectiveness through educational programs. Its non-profit PSI World has contributed to many charitable organizations.

This is an excellent collaboration between PSI graduates and students who can use some support. We like that the PSI folks donated not just money, but also their time. Their involvement will positively impact the lives of all 830 students.

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