- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 5/9/2023
Batteries Plus has a proud tradition of giving back to the community by donating to such efforts as Folds of Honor , the Batteries Plus School of the Year award and our annual Toys for Tots event . In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we're highlighting one of our recent philanthropic efforts to help support teachers. This past February, Batteries Plus launched a special contest in celebration of National Battery Day. In addition to their own prize, each of the winners was able to select their favorite teacher, who would win over $500 of Batteries Plus brand AA & AAA alkaline batteries. We reached out to the selected teachers to find out how they're putting this prize to work in their classrooms.
Ms. Caruso is Director of Green Friends Montessori School, located in Sugar Grove, IL. She was a teacher for 20 years, before beginning her current position five years ago.
The Green Friends Montessori School is a not-for-profit educational institution founded on the principle that each child develops at their own pace. It was formed in 2016 by a small group of parents and Montessori educators and serves children ages three to twelve.
When asked how she got into teaching, Ms. Caruso said, "I love supporting children to rise to their highest potential." The batteries will be used to help further the school's mission to help children develop through a holistic, nature-based curriculum.
Karyn Bosse began teaching preschool in 1990. After taking a break to raise her family, Karyn returned to teaching in 2004. She currently teaches first grade at Indian Head School in Massachusetts, where she has been since 2009. Karyn said that, "I got into teaching because I had great influences as a child in my learning years. The love of learning encouraged me to pursue my career and spread my love of teaching."
When asked about her teaching philosophy, Karyn stated, "I think the best way to connect with your students is to build strong relationships. I enjoy learning about my students and things they enjoy, like sports or out-of-school activities."
Karyn plans on using the alkaline donation in a variety of classroom equipment as she continues to power her children through learning.
Carl Tripp is the owner of the store in Seekonk, MA that provided the batteries for Karyn's school. He was proud to be a part of the National Battery Day contest and said, "It's great to support our teachers, who give so much of their time and talent to the youth of this country. It makes me proud that a company like Batteries Plus gives back to such a worthwhile profession."
As a franchise business, the majority of our 700+ locations are owned and operated by individuals that live in the areas that they serve. This creates a unique connection between our owners and their customers, since they are all a part of the same neighborhood. In addition to our corporate-level initiatives, many individual owners have launched philanthropic efforts of their own over the years to help give back to their communities.