By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Due to recent economic hardships affecting the Brevard Community, a local business donated more than 200 boxes of school supplies to the Brevard School Foundation.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Melbourne campus donated binders, file folders and staples to teachers at 34 schools throughout Brevard County in late August.
"Our facility is growing and evolving into a center of excellence by a combination of building new work spaces and bringing new people on board," said Jacqueline Farrell, public relations representative for Melbourne and St. Augustine Northrop Grumman Corporations. "It was determined that there were a number of items that could be reused, and, with educators struggling with supplies, their inventories were somewhat diminished. (We felt that) any kind of help would be very welcomed."
In a press release, Linda Filippini, programs administrator with the Brevard School Foundation, said the items donated by the company will be put to immediate use.
"Our teachers were in need of office supplies to help them organize science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives in the classroom this year," she said.
Ms. Farrell said that Melissa Meyer, an employee at North Grumman Corporation, was instrumental in initiating this donation.
In a press release, Rick Mathews, vice president and site manager of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Melbourne campus, commended the efforts of his staff.
"The idea to contribute to local schools was initiated by our employees," he said. "The team's efforts are just one more example of our commitment to the communities where we work and live."
Ms. Farrell said that The Brevard School Foundation is a community partner of the company, which has approximately 1,200 employees in program management, engineering and technical work. The employees also volunteer for the foundation and other local organizations.
Northrop Grumman is a security company, which provides innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers around the world.
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