EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Pratt & Whitney hosted a back-to-school supply giveaway for teachers in the area, offering their surplus office supplies as the company prepares to transition its East Hartford campus into an “office environment of the future.”
Some 80 percent of Pratt and Whitney’s 7,000 employees on its sprawling East Hartford campus are either working remotely or a hybrid of in-person. Combine that with campus renovations, and you’re left with extra office supplies.
The supplies from the aerospace manufacturer are free and unused, which include but are not limited to pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, rulers, and dividers. It’s all now going to serve local children.
“When July hits and you see the fliers already out for the stores saying back to school, it’s a harsh reality. But it is what it is,” said East Hartford teacher Jeannine Enamait. “We love our summers as teachers, but we always know we have to be thinking and planning ahead, so this is definitely the time of year when we do start thinking. And then when August 1 hits, we’re really there starting to plan for the year.”
Shawn Watson from Pratt & Whitney said, “For most of our 96 years, we’ve been here in East Hartford. We have a great relationship with the school system. We’ve donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school system. We’ve donated laptops and other items. We just have a great relationship with the school system here.”
Teachers and staff from East Hartford Public Schools were invited to take part.