JCPenney Teams Up with Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier to Surprise Pittsburgh Fulton Teachers with Back-to-School Shopping Sprees
On August 20, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier surprised 29 Pittsburgh Fulton teachers with a shopping spree at the Robinson Town Center JCPenney store to get ready to go back to school. The outing was part of a series of Back-to-School Giving Spree events held by JCPenney across the U.S. to support deserving teachers.
Each teacher received a $200 JCPenney gift card to purchase essentials for the upcoming school year. Additionally, Pittsburgh Fulton received a donation of $1,000 worth of socks and underwear for kids in need, reinforcing the Company’s commitment to closing the opportunity gap. Based on a study conducted by JCPenney, a third of American parents worry about their child having enough socks and underwear for the school year, with the percentage jumping to 40 percent for those in low-income households. Additionally, 55 percent of children, who did not have underwear and socks to wear, wanted to skip school or refused to go to school because they felt insecure and embarrassed.*America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities. A National Survey Conducted for JCPenney in support of a campaign to benefit charity partner YMCA Associations nationwide by Morar Consulting April 2017.