AT&T Volunteers Provide High Tech To Palm Beach Schools

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL ( — We never knew that the folks who fix our phones and provide tech support online also volunteer, so we are thrilled to pass on this press release from AT&T Pioneers, a group of AT&T workers who are helping out kids in Palm Beach County Schools.

From the group: When most people hear “AT&T” they tend to think of a major telecommunications company. The AT&T Pioneers, however, is the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world and the Palm Beach County organization lives out the mission of service benefitting district students across the county. Local President Denise Caruso said her Pioneer Council wanted to invest in area children because they understand that today’s children are tomorrow’s adults. “We are a technology driven company and wanted to foster the math and science achievement of students in the Palm Beach School District and we also partner with Junior Achievement to open the students’ eyes to all the career possibilities that they have as individuals,” she stated. Ms. Caruso added that the efforts of the group’s job shadow coordinators’ help them build a potential workforce of educated and innovative thinkers.

The local AT&T Pioneers undertake numerous service projects each year. Some of this school year’s projects include the following donations:

  • Eight Nook E-Readers to Pahokee Elementary

  • Eight covers for the E-Readers to Pahokee Elementary

  • Two $200 gift cards to Pahokee Elementary to load books to the E-Readers

  • Eight $25 Walmart/SAMs Gift Cards to Kindergarten Teachers at Crosspointe Elementary for the Pioneer “Teacherrific” Program

  • Two fully-loaded Dell Laptops to 2 graduating Glades Central seniors as part of the Pioneer “Success for College Bound Seniors” Program

  • Two fully-loaded Dell Laptops to 2 graduating John I Leonard seniors as part of the “Success for College Bound Seniors” Program.

Ms. Caruso said the various donations are made through regular fundraising efforts by members including Sunfest, bake sales, garage sales, advance ticket sales to the South Florida Fair and much more. Typically the group raises about $14,000 for its various efforts for District students. For more details, contact Ms. Caruso at 561-357-6521 or email

About the AT&T Pioneers

Founded in 1911 as the Telephone Pioneers of America, Pioneers has grown to be the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world. This dedicated, diverse network consists of more than 620,000 current and retired telecommunications employees across the US and Canada. The Pioneers network has steadily grown through grassroots efforts to spread its mission of service — country to country, city to city, neighbor to neighbor. Pioneers are a dynamic network of volunteers who move those in need from adversity to achievement.

PHOTO CAPTION: Left to Right – AT&T Pioneers – Cindy Williams, Louise Zehnder, Jorge DeApodaca, Denise Caruso, Trina McCray, Sheryl King – Westward Parent Liaison, Melvis Pender – Westward Principal, Josette Archbold – Westward Media Center Specialist, Yvette Bullard – Westward Elementary Reading Coach.


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