It’s no surprise the economic impact the last year has had on individuals and businesses. But the surprising number that many aren’t aware of is the financial impact on our schools and teachers. Did you know our teachers spend out-of-pocket money on school supplies every year?

A recent study during the 2019/2020 school year showed that teachers spent an average of $745 on school supplies. 45% of teachers surveyed said their spending has increased since distance learning began. School supplies such as home printing items (printer, ink, paper), software for distance learning, new technology for their own homes so they could teach remotely, and classroom consumables (pens, pencils, markers, folders, etc.). In addition to school supplies, 70% of teachers said they have dropped off or mailed items to their students’ homes to keep them engaged during distance learning.

The FTI School Drive ran till Monday, August 23rd.  Each FTI office has identified an underprivileged school or school supporting charity that they would like to support.  The FTI through its charity outreach The 4th C Committee has partnered with each local school and charity to set up an Amazon Wish List  so that you can support the event from the comfort of your home.  It’s as simple as picking items for your cart from the Amazon Wish List, which have been curated based on each of the local charity’s input, and then clicking buy.  We’ve set up the Wish lists so that the items you purchase will ship directly to the charity you selected.  FTI’s goal is to make an impact and difference in these cities by supporting this critical effort which will make a massive difference to those students and teachers in need.  JOIN US.

  1. Participate with a local FTI office by using the Amazon Wish list to purchase items needed at our sponsored school supplies charities.  (see the POC and school charity list below)
  2. Spread the word by sharing this FTI webpage URL on your social media networks, which has all the information on our School Drive campaign.  TBD
  3. Follow FTI on your social media network and share the FTI School Drive updates.

Local Office School Drives

Office School Supplies List?
San Diego Berean Academy https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1ZPMK9H18U7H5?ref_=wl_share
Chesapeake James Monroe https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2S2C1EG5LEKT3?ref_=wl_share
Dayton Crayons to Classroom https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/QSHZWG88628K/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist .
Los Angeles  Johnnie L. Cochran https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MNEI6IBUB9BA?ref_=wl_share
Beverly LEAP Amazon.com
Huntsville  Lacey’s Springs School  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1SRTY2CZBJYJN?
Goleta  Joe Nightingale  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/4BXJEGFMVPWE?ref_=wl_share

Frontier Technology Inc. has been awarded a $950,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This contract is part of a multiple award multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.  To view the DBJ press release click here.

We are excited to highlight our 14 talented summer interns with personal spotlights that document each of their backgrounds, journeys, and internship experiences thus far.

FTI’s culture is led by the 4 Cs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity.  Charity is the FTI 4th C, loving your neighbor in times of need, supporting our veterans, and helping children.  During these uncertain times of great need, FTI has made a couple of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have supported local food banks in our office locations, and we have given support to the First Responders through the Troopster organization in Virginia.

Military nonprofit, Troopster, is poised to help America’s COVID-19 front line heroes by sending PPE medical essential kits.
The outreach plans to raise enough contributions to send 50,000 medical kits containing PPE equipment, protein bars, snacks, and other items to Covid-19 caretakers across the country.

For more on how you too can be a part of this effort, click here.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. During this time, Virginia Beach CASA sponsors the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, partnering with local businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Hampton Roads to bring community awareness to the needs of abused and neglected children. https://www.virginiabeachcasa.org/pinwheel

The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel’s whimsical and carefree attributes serve as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. By planting pinwheels on the lawns of local businesses and residences, we rally together to show solidarity in our commitment to keeping children safe and free from abuse and neglect.

How is FTI involved?

For the second year in a row, FTI is supporting VB CASA across Hampton Roads as a Presenting Sponsor for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. FTI’s sponsorship helps VB CASA to continue to spread awareness, train, and support VB CASA in their mission to recruit, train, and supervise competent volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. VB CASA’s work promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.