Shapiro, a Baltimore headquartered 101-year- old Customhouse broker and freight forwarder, recently selected Teach For America – Baltimore as the recipient of its annual holiday charity program.

Donations were made on behalf of each of its customers. Founded in 1990, Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Teach For America recruits and develops diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.

Teach For America joined the Baltimore community in 1992 as an additional source of educators for local schools. Today, nearly 180 corps members are reaching students across schools in Baltimore, while more than 1100 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.

Shapiro’s investment in education is echoed with the continuation of an internal training program, Shapiro University, which provides cross-role training for all employees. The program gives employees the opportunity not only to attend courses, but to volunteer and create training presentations based on their expertise.

“Access to a great education should be available to all children regardless of background, ethnicity, or economic status,” says Margie Shapiro, President & CEO, Samuel Shapiro & Company, Inc. “Teach for America is committed to developing leaders to address this issue. It is an honor to support such an important cause in a community in which we live and work.”

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