A Gift for Teaching has received an impactful $1,000 donation from Synovus Bank to help distribute educational resources to teachers and students throughout Central Florida.

To continue making a positive impact in the community, this donation will be used to procure, process, and distribute more educational resources to teachers and students in need – all at no cost. Funds will also be used to purchase essential supplies and maintain equipment required for operating the organization’s Pencil Boy Program services.

“With community support since establishing in 1998, we’ve been able to elevate our programs and services to better serve our teachers and the growing numbers of students,” said A Gift for Teaching President Jane Thompson. “Our Pencil Boy Express – The Mobile Free Store and Pencil Boy Curbside services – offers convenient access to free classroom supplies for teachers and students, especially for those in schools furthest from our Free Teacher Supply Store. With this generous donation from Synovus, we will be able to continue and expand the reach of our Pencil Boy Programs.”

The inability to afford lunch, let alone school supplies, is a harsh reality for thousands of students in Orange and Osceola counties. This lack of access severely limits the ability to learn and succeed throughout the school year. Meanwhile, financially strapped teachers spend significant amounts of their own paychecks to ensure these students aren’t left behind.

“Synovus is excited to support Central Florida teachers and students,” said Synovus Market President Kevin Gillen. “Educators make a huge impact on students and communities, and this donation helps us express our appreciation for their dedication, determination and hard work.”

A Gift For Teaching proudly serves public schools in Orange and Osceola counties as the primary provider of free school supplies to teachers for students who need them the most. We provide opportunities for eligible teachers to shop at a store, online, and through a mobile unit for free educational resources that are donated and funded through the generous community.

Synovus Bank, a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank, provides commercial and consumer banking in addition to a full suite of specialized products and services, including private banking, treasury management, wealth management, mortgage services, premium finance, asset-based lending, structured lending, capital markets and international banking. Synovus has branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Synovus is a Great Place to Work-Certified Company and is on the web at synovus.com.