By the minneapolis egotist / /
Bloomington-based Great Clips, the world’s largest salon brand, recently announced that up to $400,000 USD will be donated to over 100 deserving schools across the U.S. and Canada as a result of the company’s Back-to-School campaign.
To kick off the donations, Great Clips will visit P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs Elementary School located in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen today to hand-deliver supplies to students and participate in a check presentation celebration. Special guests, including baseball superstar Noah Syndergaard and Great Clips Mohawk Warrior Monster Jam driver Bryce Kenny, will meet with students and staff to get kids excited for the upcoming school year. Through its partnership with Monster Jam, the Great Clips Mohawk Warrior truck will also make an appearance.
Great Clips, Inc. will present a check for $40,000 to the school’s principal, Edward Gilligan, during the event. Mr. Gilligan indicated that the donation will be used to provide monthly hot meals to students and families that live in temporary housing and fund extracurricular initiatives such as an after-school drama club and an African-inspired music and dance program.
“As millions of students head back to school, Great Clips is proud to give back to deserving schools and support programs that will enhance the development of children’s education,” said Lisa Hake, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Great Clips, Inc. “P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs is an up-and-coming school with ambitions to support their students in the classroom and beyond, and we’re excited to provide additional resources that will help them achieve their vision.”
“P.S. 111 is a nurturing and supportive school community that works to make a long-lasting impact on the lives of our students and families,” said Principal Gilligan.“We’re grateful to Great Clips for their generous donation that will help us to strengthen and expand our programming, including our Alvin Ailey dance residency, afterschool enrichment activities, and supports for our students in temporary housing. Thank you to Great Clips for investing in our school community.”
In July, Great Clips pledged to donate $1 to schools for every download of the Great Clips Online Check-In app from August 1 through September 8 that could be used for supplies, enrichment programming or other critical needs of the school. Throughout September, Great Clips will issue awards of various sizes across the U.S. and Canada, including $25,000 to seven schools in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver.