Suns Charities to Provide Breakfast to Students
As part of the “SunsCentral” partnership, Phoenix Suns Charities’ board members and Suns’ employees will hand out healthy breakfast packs to more than 1,200 students taking the AIMS test at Central High School on Monday and Tuesday (February 25 and 26). The packs will be distributed on both days between 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
The healthy breakfast packs will be donated in an effort to increase the number of students receiving a nutritional breakfast and enhance testing performance. Each pack will contain a Nature Valley granola bar and fresh fruit, as well as a water bottle, pencil and an encouraging note from Suns’ guard, Kendall Marshall. The snack packs are being made possible by a $20,000 grant to Phoenix Suns Charities from General Mills along with product, in addition to a generous donation of fruit and water by Fry’s Food Stores.
As part of the unique effort, Central High School students were given the opportunity to design an official “SunsCentral” breakfast pack sticker during a speaking event with Suns alumnus, Mark West.
The breakfast pack distribution is one of many initiatives included in the “SunsCentral” program, an education-based partnership between the Phoenix Suns and Central High School. Over the course of the semester, Phoenix Suns Charities will provide more than 5,000 breakfast packs to Central High School students on five important testing dates.
The “SunsCentral” partnership is the result of a $500,000 grant which Phoenix Suns Charities is donating to Central High School. The program focuses on four key factors that directly impact a student’s likelihood of staying in school: success in the classroom, attendance at school, mentoring, and work-study.