Book Fair a Big Hit with K-2 Students
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Jacksonville-based employees of The Main Street America Group donated
400 books to support a summer reading program for primary grade students
(kindergarten through second grade) at Woodland Acres Elementary School
in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood.
Students from Woodland Acres Elementary School, Jacksonville, Fla., check out books donated by The Main Street America Group for the school's summer reading program (Photo: Business Wire)
The summer reading program is a new component of the long-time
partnership super regional insurance carrier Main Street America has
established with the University of North Florida’s (UNF) Urban Schools
program that supports public schools throughout Duval County, Fla.
Through this program, Main Street America “adopted” Woodland Acres in
2009 and has provided year-round support to the school over the past
During a book fair held in the media center at Woodland Acres last week,
students selected the book they want to read this summer. Several
employees of Main Street America were on hand to help the students
choose their book.
“It was such a rewarding feeling to know that every primary student
during the last week of the school year received the gift of reading
courtesy of The Main Street America Group,” said Christie Stevenson, UNF
residential clinical faculty at Woodland Acres.
The book fair came on the heels of Main Street America hosting the
entire fifth-grade class at Woodland Acres for a unique field trip.
During their visit to Main Street America’s Southside headquarters, the
70-plus students learned some of the fundamentals of property/casualty
insurance. The field trip also included an office tour and brief,
interactive presentations by members of the company’s information
technology, product, claims and underwriting teams.
“The Main Street America field trip opened the eyes of our future young
professionals to the idea of a career in insurance,“ Stevenson said. “It
also enabled our students to spend time in an office environment and see
firsthand the types of local jobs they can hold as adults if they work
hard in school.”
Since forming its strong relationship with Woodland Acres, nearly 20 of
Main Street America’s Jacksonville-based employees have volunteered to
tutor at the Arlington-area school throughout the entire school year.
The company has also held multiple school supply drives and supported
other onsite programs in conjunction with UNF.
In addition to supporting Woodland Acres, Main Street America is a
long-time supporter of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of
America’s InVEST program, which provides curriculum and college
scholarships for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the
insurance field. Several Duval County public high schools participate in
About The Main Street America Group
With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a super
regional insurance company that operates eight property/casualty
insurance carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old Dominion Insurance
Company, Main Street America Assurance Company, MSA Insurance Company,
Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance
Company, Main Street America Protection Insurance Company and Spring
Valley Mutual Insurance Company. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Main
Street America offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance,
and fidelity and surety bond products to individuals, families and
businesses throughout the United States.
With nearly $900 million in premium written exclusively by 2,000-plus
independent insurance agents, the 89-year-old company insures more than
600,000 policyholders in 27 states and writes bonds in 46 states. A.M.
Best Company rates The Main Street America Group as an "A" (Excellent).
Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice®,
the global branding program of the Independent Insurance Agents &
Brokers of America. Main Street America is also an investor carrier in
the new Consumer Agent Portal. For more information about Main Street
America, please visit www.msagroup.comor connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MainStreetAmerica.
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