GS&P Employees Give Back in Back-to-School Season

Staff Donate Time, Resources to Fuel Student Success

October 16, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   Community

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud of the firm’s employees for their efforts to support their local communities by helping students kick off the new school year.  

“I’m inspired by our staff’s commitment to supporting local schools and organizations through the giving of their time and resources,” commented Al Pramuk, chairman and chief executive officer. “By donating school supplies, getting schools ready for the first day and mentoring students, our staff are helping to provide many of the tools students need to succeed this school year. These efforts are great examples of the way our staff are committed to enhancing the communities where they live and work.”
 
Examples of employee contributions and efforts include:
 
Birmingham-based Water Resources Engineer Derrick Murphy, founder of the Hoover City Dad Brigade, organized the group’s Third Annual Back-to-School Cleanup. More than 400 men volunteered to paint classrooms, pressure wash sidewalks, assemble furniture and landscape school lawns in preparation for the first day of school.
 
Jonas Booker, AIA, LEED AP, an architect in the firm’s Birmingham office, is serving as a mentor for the city’s Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentorship Program. At bi-weekly meetings, Booker introduces high school students to architecture and guides hands-on activities, encouraging the students to pursue careers in related fields.
 
Louisville’s Louis Johnson, APA, ASLA, a landscape architect in the firm’s Land Planning market, helped kick off “Design Week” at the University of Kentucky. Johnson spoke to landscape architecture, interior design and historic preservation students about working with communities to develop actionable design solutions.
 
Knoxville-based Senior Water Resources Engineer Anthony Crist, P.E., distributed school supplies at a “Back to School Bash”, giving pencils, notebooks and other essential items to local elementary school students. Additionally, Crist and Mary Wilson, a senior technical writer in the firm’s Water & Environment market, volunteered to coach Science Olympiad teams at Bearden Middle School, helping fuel student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 
 
GS&P’s Nashville office completed its annual school supply drive in support of the PENCIL Foundation of Nashville. Employees collected nearly 2,000 supplies for Caldwell Enhanced Option Elementary School, GS&P’s designated partner school. Donations included backpacks, notebooks, binders, pencils, clothing and other miscellaneous items. GS&P employees delivered the items to the teachers to be used throughout the upcoming school year.
 
In an effort to ensure continuity of GS&P’s philanthropic efforts, the firm established the Gresham, Smith and Partners Individual Volunteer Empowerment (GIVE) Committee. The GIVE Committee oversees and directs charitable contribution expenditures of both time and money. 
 

“I’m inspired by our staff’s commitment to supporting local schools and organizations through the giving of their time and resources. By donating school supplies, getting schools ready for the first day and mentoring students, our staff are helping to provide many of the tools students need to succeed this school year. These efforts are great examples of the way our staff are committed to enhancing the communities where they live and work.”

Al Pramuk, chairman and CEO, GS&P
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