PTO Thrift Shop, Comerica donate $10,000 each for AAPS School Messenger service

School Messenger donation checks
From left: Ann Farnham, PTO Thrift Shop executive director; Janet Fritsch, thrift shop board president; Dr. Jeanice Swift, AAPS superintendent; James Lo Fiego, Comerica senior vice president and regional manager; Denine Smith, vice president of retail banking; Jane Walter-Alexander, retail personal banker; Annette Ferguson, business partnerships and volunteer coordinator for AAPS.

By Tara Cavanaugh

School Messenger is an important tool that AAPS uses to communicate with parents. Thanks to the generosity of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop and Comerica, it is a tool the district can afford this school year.

The thrift shop and Comerica each donated $10,000 to AAPS for School Messenger, which allows the district to send out information about school closings, events, emergencies, attendance and more via email and phone.

“The donations by these two business partners demonstrate their commitment to the Ann Arbor Public Schools,” said Liz Margolis, the district’s director of communications.

Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift agreed. “We appreciate so much the support to enable that home-to-school communication which is so vital in partnering on behalf of children.”

“The communication about student enrichment is vital to our mission and to the success of PTOs across AAPS,” said PTO Thrift Shop Executive Director Ann Farnham. “It directly helps our school communities support their students.”

“We’re excited to partner with the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop in supplying this funding,” said Denene Smith, the vice president of retail banking at Comerica. “School Messenger is a tremendous tool, and we are pleased to support it.”

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