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Hundreds of students receive school supplies from IUPAT

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Source: IUPAT and PATCH Foundation Source: IUPAT and PATCH Foundation
Source: IUPAT and PATCH Foundation Source: IUPAT and PATCH Foundation
Source: IUPAT and PATCH Foundation Source: IUPAT and PATCH Foundation
LITHONIA, GA (CBS46) -

Rock Chapel Elementary students received a big surprise just in time for the first day of school.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), which represents over 160,000 painters, installers, and finishing workers across the nation donated over 650 backpacks stuffed with notebooks, pencils, art supplies, and more. 

"Making a positive difference in children’s lives is the ultimate reward for being a good neighbor in our communities. From classrooms to apprenticeship pathways to continuing skills development, IUPAT's commitment to learning never, never stops. And we know that it starts with the right tools and the right partnerships," said International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11 Business Manager Mark Komaromi. 

The event at Rock Chapel Elementary School is one of four events for IUPAT's PATCH Foundation, which is distributing school supplies to nearly 2,000 kids nationwide. 

"Reading is foundational to all other knowledge. Students who are stronger readers at just 8 years old are more likely to graduate high school. We're so grateful that IUPAT International and PATCH share that vision for our students," said Lisa Green, Principal at Rock Chapel Elementary School. 

Rock Chapel Elementary School is the newest community partner for IUPAT, whose non-profit wing, Painters and Allied Trades Children's Hope Foundation (PATCH), provides educational and medical services to youth. Rock Chapel Elementary joins a network of over 90 partner charities and organizations supported by PATCH, including hometown chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, United Way, and the YMCA. 

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