Allentown Rotary Foundation and Capital BlueCross Designate Funds to Provide Uniforms for ASD Students in Need

Allentown Rotary Foundation and Capital BlueCross Designate Funds to Provide Uniforms for ASD Students in Need
Posted on 10/02/2018
Over the past month, the Allentown Rotary Foundation and Capital BlueCross have each contributed $2,500 for a total of $5,000 to the Allentown School District Foundation (ASDF), to be invested in uniform vouchers for Allentown students in need. The uniform program was instituted in 2013 to promote an equitable, inclusive and distraction-free learning environment for the 17,000+ children learning in the city’s 24 public schools. 

The uniforms are discounted, courtesy of New York Urban owner Santo Napoli, meaning that this $5,000 grant will buy vouchers for about 200 uniforms for Allentown students. This fund helps to ensure that students from low-income homes in the Allentown School District (ASD) will begin the school year with new uniforms. 

ASD Superintendent Thomas Parker applauds the Allentown Rotary Club Foundation, and Capital BlueCross for their commitment to Allentown students, stating, “The children in this city are blessed to have such a dynamic and wonderful group of champions. I continue to be impressed with the amount of dedication and support we have for our youth.” 

The Allentown Rotary Club Foundation and Capital BlueCross are excited about the positive impact their gifts will have on the educational experiences of Allentown students. Ellen Millard-Kern, as chair of the Allentown Rotary Foundation, stated, “These combined gifts will help students who are homeless and in extreme poverty, giving them the confidence to succeed in school.” Kim Capers, Capital BlueCross Outreach Coordinator, stressed the company’s dedication to ASD students. “We believe that new uniforms will enable Allentown’s neediest children to succeed and flourish,” she said. 

To Donate for School Uniforms
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the ASDF Student Uniform Fund, please make a $50.00 donation (for two) or $25.00 (for one uniform), made payable to the Allentown School District Foundation. Send your check to Vicki Newhard, Administrator, Allentown School District Foundation, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown, PA 18105. Or go to PayPal at to make an online gift. In the memo line, for either, please note School Uniforms.

Allentown School District Foundation
With a vision for enriched education for Allentown School District students, the ASD Foundation mission is to encourage, promote and support innovative educational experiences for students in the Allentown School District. Founded in 2009, the Foundation has raised almost $3 million for student engagement programs. If you would like to learn more, please contact the foundation’s Executive Director, Susan L. Williams, at 484-765-4093 or [email protected]. The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown PA 18105.