Worzalla Book Printer Associates Help United Way’s Project Fresh Start Serve over a Thousand Local Students

Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books and cookbooks, for the fourth year in a row collected 600 pounds of school supplies as part of Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center program. Last year Project Fresh Start provided free school supplies to over 1,050 fourth to twelfth graders in Portage County who qualify for free and reduced lunch through their school district.

“Project Fresh Start depends on the support of our community to help provide school supplies to students in need,” said Brianne Petruzalek, Vice President of Human Resources at Worzalla. “Worzalla and its associates are proud to help prepare the students in Portage County schools for the upcoming school year and support United Way in their efforts to build a stronger community for all of us.”

Worzalla associates were incentivized to contribute to the school supplies drive through an internal contest. For each item donated, the employee received entry into a drawing to win paid time off or one of five $50 gift cards. Along with the school supplies collected and donated by Worzalla associates, Worzalla also purchased and donated 5,000 pencils and 20 backpacks to Project Fresh Start. Other donated items included pencils, notebooks, folders, markers, and more.

“Worzalla is proud to support community organizations and programs that champion education and literacy like United Way’s Project Fresh Start,” said Jim Fetherston, President and CEO at Worzalla. “We appreciate the United Way of Portage County for organizing Project Fresh Start. We are responsible for making sure every student in our community starts the school year on the right page.”

Worzalla has a history of supporting literacy and learning in the community, such as supporting area schools, donating books and sponsoring related events. Worzalla prints many popular children’s books and is best known for being the domestic manufacturer of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. More information is available at Worzalla.com.

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