CLERK’S OFFICE HELPS NEEDY STUDENTS START SCHOOL WITH
Employees donate hundreds of pencils, pens, paper and other back-to-school items
Clerk Sharon Bock with school supplies collected by employees for children of domestic abuse victims as well as for students in the Glades communities of western Palm Beach County.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 13, 2012) – Dozens of Palm Beach County students will start the school year with brand-new notebooks, pens, crayons and other essentials, thanks to the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller’s office employees.
Clerk’s office employees collected hundreds of back-to-school supplies for children of domestic abuse victims working with Aid for Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), as well as for students in the Glades communities of western Palm Beach County. Supplies were delivered last week to AVDA and to the West Area administrative offices for the School District of Palm Beach County so students had them in time for the start of the new school year on August 20.
Employees donated 1,939 pencils, 674 pens, 414 erasers, 258 markers, 195 glue sticks, 160 spiral notebooks, 132 composition notebooks, 132 colored pencils, 110 boxes of 24-count crayons and 72 packs of loose-leaf paper, as well as backpacks, scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers, calculators, boxes of tissues, baby wipes, index cards and other supplies.
“We literally had stacks of crayons and notebooks around our office,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “Our employees really came through to help students in need.”
Charitable giving is an important part of the culture at the Clerk’s office. Earlier this month, Clerk Bock presented three college-bound students with $1,000 scholarships, with the money coming from employee contributions to Dress Down Friday fundraisers that last year raised $38,650 for local charities.
Employees also actively take part in fundraising efforts for charities such as the American Heart Association, volunteer their time to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, and collect used cell phones during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October to benefit Palm Beach County domestic violence shelters.
“It’s gratifying to see how our employees are so committed to the community and to helping those who are less fortunate,” Clerk Bock said. “I’m extremely proud and grateful to have such a wonderful team.”
For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.
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