The beneficence of Duke University Stores reaches a variety of organizations every year, from pre-school readiness programs to outreach for Latino middle schoolers. On March 6 the recipients will be 54 elementary and middle school spelling champions, who will receive a generous gift bag from Duke Stores when they compete in the Duke-sponsored regional qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
For at least eight years, Duke Stores has been answering calls from the community for materials and supplies, meeting the needs of Durham’s schools and neighborhood organizations. One such request came from Stepping Stones, a pre-kindergarten program sponsored by Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs.
“We couldn’t do Stepping Stones without them,” said Duke graduate student Jennifer Carolina, the 2009 program coordinator. “We were in need of school supplies, and little surprises for the kids. We asked for a donation, and Duke Stores just stepped up and helped us out.”
Barbara Whitlow, Duke Stores’ Assistant to the Director for Trademark Licensing and Stores Operations, explained the value that the organization sees in giving to the Duke-Durham Campaign.
“We are fortunate to be able to help out the children and families in the Durham community,” she said. “We want to do what we can. And because we can, we should.”