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Prestige splits $3,600 among three Blount education foundations

Prestige Cleaners presented $1,200 to each of the foundations of the Alcoa City School, Maryville City School and Blount County Schools as part of its Project Classroom program.

Check presentations were made at Alcoa Elementary School to the directors of each system and the executive directors of the foundations supporting the schools during a ceremony coordinated by the Blount Education Initiative. This was the first collaborative effort of this type between the three school systems and a business that the Initiative has coordinated.

According to Eddie Mannis, president of Prestige, “Project Classroom was initiated in Knox County and Oak Ridge in 2007 in an effort to give schools additional funds to purchase items they may need that are not covered in the school system’s budget. We are excited to extend this program to Blount County.”

The donations will go toward mini-grants in the Alcoa and Blount County School systems. Maryville City Schools will apply the money toward the purchase of a Promethean System for a classroom.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of Prestige Cleaners,” Bonny Millard, executive director of the Blount Education Initiative said. “The money the company has so graciously donated will help our schools with technology and other unmet needs. We are appreciative any time businesses want to make this type of donation.”

Mannis said Prestige Cleaners believes in giving back to the communities in which he does business. “The education of our young people is everyone’s responsibility and there is not any greater cause businesses can support. This is the work force of the future,” he said.

Prestige is one of the largest independently owned drycleaners in the country. It opened in 1985 with three employees and one store. The company, headquartered in Powell, now has more than 160 employees, eight stores in Knoxville and one in Oak Ridge. The company has established a residential/office pickup and delivery service in Blount County and has plans to open a Blount County store location in the future.

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