February 3, 2017
Representatives from Toshiba International Corporation donated $1,000 and school supplies to Hemmenway Elementary School on Jan. 31. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler, Hemmenway principal; Katherine Reyes, fifth-grade student; Cheryl Johnson, Toshiba industrial division senior HR generalist; Jason Spradley, Toshiba senior HR manager; and Micah Alexander, fifth-grade student.
Feb. 3, 2017—Representatives from Toshiba International Corporation visited Hemmenway Elementary School on Jan. 31 to donate $1,000 and school supplies to the campus as part of the company’s School Readiness Program.
The program allows any of the employees located at the Cypress-area corporate office to nominate a school in the community to support.
Hemmenway Principal Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler reacts after Cheryl Johnson, Toshiba industrial division senior HR generalist, presents her with some supplies during a Jan. 31 campus visit.
“One of our employees was a parent who was really impressed with the school and the commitment it made to children,” said Cheryl Johnson, Toshiba industrial division senior HR generalist. “She nominated Hemmenway. We’re very excited to be a part of it. Coming out to the school and seeing what you’re doing for students is impressive.”
Johnson and her co-worker, senior HR manager Jason Spradley, delivered the check along with pencils and composition notebooks, fulfilling some needs expressed by Principal Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler.
Hemmenway fifth-grade student Chindy Anaba shares some learning resources with Toshiba International Corporation representatives Jason Spradley and Cheryl Johnson during their campus tour on Jan. 31.
Dr. Simpson-Butler then took the Toshiba representatives on a tour of the campus to meet several Hemmenway “scholars” immersed in a college-ready environment.
“To see that someone in the community is vested in our programs and truly looking at our needs always warms my heart,” Dr. Simpson-Butler said. “Hemmenway is a learning community, so it’s nice to have someone who is an extension of our learning community come in and help our scholars. We talk a lot about being a global society and how much we’re interconnected. Partnerships like this show how much we’re interconnected. The hope is that, one day, Toshiba will have some of our scholars as employees.”
Toshiba International Corporation employs approximately 1,200 team members at its 55-acre corporate site, located at 13131 W. Little York Road. The division manufactures industrial products including electrical motors, industrial power electronics and transmission and distribution systems.
Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler, Hemmenway principal, shares student artwork with Toshiba International Corportation visitors at the campus on Jan. 31.