PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – June 7, 2022 – TBC Corporation (TBC), a leader in the tire and automotive service industry with several trusted well-known brands, including retail brands Tire Kingdom Service Centers and NTB Tire & Service Centers, and franchise brands Big O Tires and Midas, collaborated with the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide herb garden kits to Elbridge Gale Elementary. For nearly 100 years, the AHA has been fighting heart disease and stroke and helping families and communities thrive. One such way, the AHA fights heart attack, stroke, and heart disease is by providing heart-healthy eating tips for all ages.
Together TBC and the AHA designed herb garden kits to help educate and inform future generations that unhealthy diets lead to poorer health outcomes, including higher rates of death from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The kits packed by TBC Associates, containing soil, pots, gloves, watering cans, and a variety of seeds will also fight the issue of nutrition insecurity in Palm Beach County by providing the resources to fourth-grade students at Elbridge Gale Elementary to start a garden at their home. Students were provided the tools to plant and harvest along with educational resources on how to reduce sodium in their diets by using the fresh herbs from their homegrown garden.
“My fourth graders have worked so hard in the garden this year and loved every minute of it,” said Emily Sagovac, Fourth Grade Teacher at Elbridge Gale Elementary. “They’ve harvested greens and other veggies to take home and eat and they are beyond thrilled to have their garden starter kit to get their garden going at home.”
Elbridge Gale Elementary is a Title 1 public school in the Palm Beach County School District whose mission is to provide a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers. The schools’ Title 1 programs are designed to improve academic outcomes for all students by strengthening instruction, promoting a culture of high expectations, engaging and empowering families, ensuring safe and healthy learning conditions, and providing a broad range of student supports.
“We are honored to partner with the American Heart Association to provide herb garden kits to another school within our community,” said Brian Maciak, EVP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of TBC Corporation, parent company of Tire Kingdom, who oversees social responsibility. “It is important to raise awareness about healthy eating at a young age to create a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
For over 10 years, Tire Kingdom, a division of TBC Corporation, has been a proud supporter of the AHA. In 2016, Tire Kingdom led the Palm Beach County Heart Walk campaign which raised $1.1M for the mission of the American Heart Association, the most money raised in Palm Beach County Heart Walk history. An integral part of TBC and all business units spanning retail, franchise, wholesale, distribution, ecommerce and corporate shared services is corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company has initiatives that are driven by the company as well as initiatives that are Associate-driven, all communicated to associates via a formalized program called TBC Driven To Give (#TBCDrivenToGive).
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