By GEOFF FOX
ABB OPTICAL GROUP, a leading distributor of optical products in the U.S., announced today it’s kicking off a partnership with Step Up For Students by matching an anonymous $10,000 donation, and contributing through its employee giving program.
Step Up is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program for lower-income families, and the state-funded Gardiner Scholarship for Florida students with certain special needs.
The combined donation of $20,000 will help Step Up maximize the impact of the scholarships by creating wraparound services which further promote students’ academic success. One such service is the Teaching and Learning Exchange, a learning management system that provides ongoing educational support services including personal learning plans for each student. Its goal is to strengthen partnerships between home and school, fostering student success.
“We are delighted to partner with Step Up to help enhance their scholars’ learning experience,” said Paul Sherman, Chief Financial Officer at ABB OPTICAL GROUP. “Our organization believes that every child deserves a chance to succeed, and we are extremely proud to support the mission of Step Up For Students.”
In addition to the match donation, ABB OPTICAL has incorporated Step Up into its employee giving program, making it an option for employees to contribute with a 100 percent match from the company.
“We are honored to be included in ABB OPTICAL GROUP’s employee giving program,” said Alissa Randall, Step Up For Students CMO “This partnership will allow us to offer additional services to the children we serve.”
For children like DeMarco McClain, an eighth-grader at Morning Star School in Tampa, Step Up’s programs have been life-changing. Due to an intellectual disability and dyslexia, DeMarco was reading on a third-grade level when his family moved to Tampa from the Bronx, New York last year.
Thanks to the compassionate, dedicated teachers at Morning Star, DeMarco, a Gardiner scholar, is now reading at his appropriate grade level and his soaring confidence has fueled a newfound ambition – to someday become a U.S. Navy SEAL.
“We are extremely pleased to have ABB OPTICAL GROUP as a partner in our quest to provide greater opportunities for Florida students like DeMarco and others who most need it,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “We are humbled by the generosity of ABB OPTICAL’s employees and proud that they share our vision.”
About ABB OPTICAL GROUP
ABB OPTICAL GROUP is a leading distributor of optical products in the United States. The company supplies nearly two-thirds of eye care professionals across the country with brand name contact lenses, fully customizable gas permeable and custom specialty soft contact lenses, ophthalmic lenses and more. The company’s Digital Eye Lab is a fully automated optical lab dedicated to freeform digital lens fabrication. ABB OPTICAL GROUP also offers practice building services such as pricing strategy tools, business reviews, annual supply staff training and e-commerce solutions. For additional information, visit ABBOptical.com.