CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ally Financial today teamed up with local nonprofit Classroom Central to deliver backpacks and school supplies to all of the 1,020 students at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. Ally volunteers collected, organized and delivered the supplies to the school in an effort to equip local children with the necessary tools to start their school year off right. In addition, Ally donated 50 books about money topics and skills to the library at Hidden Valley Elementary, aimed at helping to build financial knowledge for years to come for kindergarten through fifth grade.
"Doing right by our communities is core to Ally's culture, and for the second consecutive year, we are pleased to work with Classroom Central to select a local school and deliver every student the supplies they need for a great year of learning," said Gina Proia, chief communications officer and head of corporate citizenship at Ally. "In addition to the school supplies, we also wanted to create an opportunity for students to learn about money and financial topics at every grade level for years to come. The books for the library can make it fun and accessible to learn about financial topics."
"Classroom Central is excited about the ongoing commitment Ally displays to our Charlotte-area students," said Karen Calder, executive director at Classroom Central. "This surprise donation of backpacks, supplies and library books will make such a positive impact for these students by preparing them with the tools they need to succeed this school year. We are grateful for Ally's continued support in making this happen."
The contribution of supplies and library books reinforces Ally's commitment to the community and dedication to advancing financial literacy and education among all ages. Ally has worked with Classroom Central since 2012 to support schools and students in the Charlotte area through school supply donations, drives and volunteer opportunities. Last year, Ally collaborated with Classroom Central to surprise the students of Thomasboro Academy with supplies for the year.
About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (Ally Bank Member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.
The company had approximately $157.9 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016. For more information, visit the Ally press room at http://media.ally.com or follow Ally on Twitter: @AllyFinancial.
About Classroom Central
Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Operating in six school districts and supporting 196 schools and over 82,000 students, Classroom Central helps level the playing field for our region's students in need. Since its inception in 2002, Classroom Central has distributed over $47.7 million in school supplies. For more information, visit http://www.classroomcentral.org.
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