Meridian Waste North Carolina, an integrated has donated Easter baskets for preschoolers in a drive-thru event in partnership with the East Wake Education Foundation (EWEF) on April 1.
The EWEF is a non-profit education program serving Eastern Wake County, NC. The EWEF advocates for area schools and focuses on early childhood development with free services and activities that include children and their parents or guardians.
“We believe early childhood education is essential for the successful development and involvement of children and families in East Wake County. During the past year, non-profit organizations like the EWEF have been fulfilling the needs of our community through services such as education, food pantries, and other programs,” said Shannon White, Executive Director of the EWEF. “While we’ve been able to maintain relationships with some of the families that we serve given the global pandemic, some families have not been able to participate,” she said. “Through the Easter basket program, we’re able to warmly invite the families back into the EWEF fold to reignite their participation, especially since we have gone back to classroom learning on March 2.”
Through the drive-thru event, 48 families enjoyed Easter baskets and were reunited with their EWEF support staff.
“Meridian Waste is proud to support children, families, and specifically this incredible non-profit organization in East Wake which is home to our Shotwell C&D Landfill,” said Meridian Waste Area President Josh Daher. “We are a family-oriented company and believe in supporting early childhood education to help ensure our children have bright futures and that parents have the resources they need for success.”
The EWEF provides education and family engagement services for infants through age eight, inclusive of parents, grandparents and caretakers. Activities work to improve listening skills, following directions, socialization, along with developing gross and fine motor skills. All activities and practices learned are encouraged to be carried out in the home. Services are free and supported by community donations and grants.
Photo 1 -Brooke Atkins, EWEF Program Director, greeting families and distributing the Meridian Waste Easter Baskets to the drive-thru line.
Photo 2 - Assembled Easter Baskets ready for distribution to the 48 children participating in the EWEF programs.
Photos 3, 4, & 5- EWEF participants receiving their Easter Baskets.