Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) has purchased a new facility on East Little Creek Road, in Norfolk, Virginia. AIM Chesapeake plans to relocate to this facility later this summer.
The building, once Calvary Christian School, had become a repository for school equipment and books suited to children. AIM invited the City of Norfolk and REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children) out to collect these items to give back to the community they will soon serve.
Employees from the City of Norfolk were on hand to load trucks and vans with desks, bookshelves, and other equipment that will be useful in recreation centers and other community facilities throughout the city. They were joined later by the Executive Director of REACH, Jennifer Goff. REACH was interested in the wealth of reading materials. REACH, established in 1998, focuses on literacy and education, specifically for at-risk and impoverished youth in the Hampton Roads area.
Also on site was Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander, who gave a brief statement about AIM’s contribution.
“We are excited about this wonderful gift. These are high- quality furniture and fixtures. Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Mr. Yagen, and Dr. English are great corporate citizens and continue to give back to the cities and communities where they have career education centers. This is a continuation of their generosity . . . [This equipment] will be used for our youth, for their growth and development in our recreation centers, as well as for our Community Services board.”
AIM has donated quite a bit of equipment already, but still has much to give. Janis Schoonmaker, Regional Director of Operations said, “We are reaching out to other organizations within the city. We hope to be able to donate to those individuals who will benefit most.”
Over the coming weeks, AIM will work toward finding suitable homes for the remaining furnishings and materials, before transforming the building into their flagship campus.
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