Equipping Children for Back-to-School Success

Associates donate much-needed school supplies to Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Patricia and her "little sister" Victoria
Patricia and her “little sister” Victoria

Recently, Patricia Johnson, Information Technology Project Manager, enlisted the help of colleagues from the Connecticut offices to donate a total of 38 backpacks full of school supplies to Big Brothers, Big Sisters — a non-profit organization that provides adult mentors to children. This is the fourth year that Patricia and her colleagues have supported the organization’s annual back-to-school fundraiser, which serves one of Connecticut’s largest and most economically challenged cities.

“The goal is to ensure the children of Big Brothers, Big Sisters are prepared for the new school year,” explained Patricia. “The first year we participated, we were able to fill 20 backpacks. I’m thrilled that we were able to give almost twice as much this year.”

Paying it forward



Patricia began working with the Southwestern Connecticut chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters four years ago as a mentor to an eight-year girl named Victoria. It was then that she became actively involved in the back-to-school fundraiser. She mentioned the need for donations to a few co-workers and then word quickly spread.

“There is no way this drive would be successful without the help of Gartner associates,” said Patricia. “Some were part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters community as children and want to pay it forward. Others just want to give back.”

Starting the school year right

The desire to give back is what spurred Jennifer Baldino, Desktop Engineer Systems Analyst to get involved. She has participated all four years. “The back-to-school drive really hits home for me. I grew up in a one parent household with no money for extras,” explained Jennifer. “My mother had a strict budget to ensure my sister and I had the basics.”

She added that it was exciting to get a new backpack and school supplies, but that children of families who can’t afford it often have to go without.

Associates donated a total of 38 backpacks
Associates donated a total of 38 backpacks

“By donating school supplies, we’re helping kids start the school year off right,” said Jody Nastu, Program Manager for Communications and Workforce

Development. “Giving children the confidence to do the best they can, that’s why I make sure to participate in this every year!”

For more information, visit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters site to learn about mentoring and volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in joining our team, search for an open job here.


Leave a Reply