Volunteers from Aviva USA painted educational-themed artwork on the sidewalk leading into the Des Moines Health Center, the dental clinic at the United Way Campus, 1111 9th Street. The artwork is an ‘early learning trail’ comprised of numbers, letters, shapes and colors. A second early learning trail will be painted at Findley Elementary, 3000 Cambridge Street, in Des Moines.
“Many children use the dental services available on site at United Way,” said Danette Kennedy, an Aviva employee and team coordinator of the event. “Our efforts will be centered on creating an inviting, educational and colorful environment designed to put the children at ease.”
Aviva volunteers also assembled backpacks, filled with early learning materials, which United Way will distribute to Des Moines area elementary students needing school supplies.
“Donating school supplies is a small gesture, but one that can really make a difference in motivating young students to look forward to the start of a new school year,” said Kennedy. “We want to get educational materials into the hands and homes of school children to excite them about school and increase their appetite for learning.”
Both efforts are part of Aviva’s commitment to serving its communities and compliment its Street to School program, a global Aviva initiative designed to help children get off the streets and into school. Through the program, Aviva has developed a partnership with United Way to implement volunteer opportunities to support early learning initiatives, develop literacy programs and engage students in an effort to increase graduation rates.