In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, GetGo Cafe and Market purchased $25,000 worth of Tagalongs, Samoas, Thin Mints, and more to share with teachers throughout Pittsburgh via The Education Partnership. In addition to providing a sweet treat to deserving teachers, this gesture will also provide needed support to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA).
The ongoing pandemic restrictions impacted local troops’ access to many traditional booth sale sites, including many at Giant Eagle locations. Girl Scouts eagerly faced the challenge with creativity, innovation, and of course, technology in order to accomplish their goals during the annual iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, which ended on April 30.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program fuels the many adventures and confidence-building experiences of our Girl Scouts, and this donation from GetGo allows GSWPA to continue providing life-changing opportunities to local girls,” said GSWPA CEO Patricia Burkart. “Our entire council of Girl Scouts and volunteers will benefit from the generosity of GetGo, and we are sincerely grateful.”
GetGo is partnering with The Education Partnership, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that distributes school supplies for students and teachers in 157 low-income schools in southwestern Pennsylvania, to get the 5,000 boxes of cookies into the hands of deserving area teachers who have led their students through the ongoing changes to the definition of a classroom. The Education Partnership will arrange for individual schools to pick up the cookie boxes and distribute them to teachers.
"Recognizing teachers for their extraordinary work this school year, and every year, is something we are always thrilled to support at The Education Partnership,” The Education Partnership Executive Director Josh Whiteside said. “GetGo's thoughtfulness in providing sweet treats for local educators, while also supporting the work of the Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania, is both impactful and yummy, and we couldn't be more thankful to be involved in the operation."
Education is a key giving pillar for GetGo. The food and fuel retailer partners with local schools in each community where it opens a new store.
“We are thrilled to again be able to support the Girl Scouts of western Pennsylvania and celebrate our local teachers,” said Rug Phatak, GetGo Café Market Chief of Staff & Sr. Director of Marketing. “These teachers are truly extraordinary people in our communities – from juggling multiple education models to figuring out how to safely welcome students back to the classroom, their hard work and dedication are the reason our children are continuing to learn and grow. We couldn’t think of a better and more delicious way to show our appreciation and say thank you!”