Stewart’s Shops/The Dake Family Gives $3,000 Towards Poughkeepsie’s Early Learning Center Library!

Check presentation with Stewart's District Manager and Poughkeepsie ELC.

The Early Learning Center elementary school in Poughkeepsie, New York is home to nearly 500 pre-K and Kindergarten students. Recently the school’s PTA reached out to us for support of a big project-completely restocking their library.

When the school was re-opened as a space for Pre-K and K students, there wasn’t much of a library available. A quote from their website says,

                “Past administrators have purchased some books, and some have been donated, but…we do not have nearly enough to fill our shelves.”

Stewart’s Shops/The Dake Family were proud to offer our support of this worthy initiative with a donation of $3,000! Stewart’s Shops places a high value on education and were excited to see the community, including the school’s PTA, hard at work fundraising to meet their goals. The school is aiming is to fully stock the library with fun and educational books for the students, and our gift will assist them with purchasing new books and furniture for the library.

The initiative was coined “The Book Hive Project” after the City of Poughkeepsie’s seal, the bee hive, and the school’s motto “Bee Kind, Bee Safe, Bee Respectful”. Check out the pictures below to see just how far they’ve come!

Stewart’s Shops is proud to support this initiative and many others. This past week alone we were able to donate $43,152 to 79 organizations through products, gift certificates, and monetary support. Check out the listing below:

Alplaus Fire Dept Explorer Post 885
Averill Park Wrestling Association
Berea Elementary
BOCES, Albany
B-P Elementary Drama Program
Broadalbin Perth High School
Cairo Durham Youth Basketball League
Cairo Historical Society
Cambridge Central School
CAPTAIN Community Human Services
Clifton Park Youth Hockey
Cooperstown Central School
Cooperstown Elementary School
Coxsackie Police Athletic League
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Elks,Saratoga-Wilton
Elmcrest Elementary School
Franklin Community Center, Inc
Freedom Park Foundation
Friends of the Community Library, Cobleskill
Fulton County ARC, Lexington Center
Fulton County Center for Regional Growth
Glens Falls Collaborative
Glens Falls Middle School PTSA
Glens Falls YMCA
Gloversville Enlarged School District
Greenville MS/HS PTSA
Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department
Highland High School
Ichabod Crane Elementary School
Keene Central School
Keene Fire Department
Main Street First, Inc. Cheese Festival
Make-A-Wish, Malone
Maple Avenue Middle School
Massena Little League, Inc.
Massena Memorial Hospital
Mayfield Central School
Mental Health Assn. in Fulton & Montgomery Co
Middletown Lions
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Mohawk Fisher Elementary School PTO
Monroe-Woodbury Devilfish Aquatics
Montgomery County Agricultural Society
Monticello Central School District
Niskayuna Girls Softball League
Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany Hockey Club
Northern Columbia Little League
NYS Farm Bureau
Oak Hill School
Oswego Figure Skating Club Inc
Radial Arts
River Jubilee Church, Sprakers
Sacred Heart Church, Chazy
Saranac Central School
Saratoga Bridges Foundation
Saratoga Hospital Foundation
Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar
Saratoga Springs High School
Sauquoit Valley PTO
Schenectady County Community College
Schenectady Curling Club
Schenectady High School Swim Team
Scotia-Glenville Middle School
So.Glens Falls HS Marathon Dance
South Kortright Community Church
Southshire Community School
St. James School, Gouverneur
Stillwater Volunteer Fire Department
SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Taconic Valley Youth Basketball
The Prevention Council
Tiger Basketball Association
Town of Lee Little League
UAlbany Best Buddies
Walker Valley Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
Wallkill High School
Watervliet Youth Football

Stewart’s gives $7.5 million annually to over 6,000 non-profit organizations. $5 million of it comes from the Dake Family Foundations, so it does not impact our Partners ESOP/Profit sharing.