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A wise person once said, “giving is the most selfish thing you can do, because it makes you feel wonderful.” When we started INTERSECT three years ago, it wasn’t just about gathering talking heads in a room to discuss the latest products; it was about changing the ITS industry to make the world a better place. That’s why this year as part of INTERSECT17, we’re stepping outside the meeting rooms, and maybe our traditional comfort zones, to make a positive difference in the lives of underserved kids during a Day of Service at Lonsdale Elementary School.

Lonsdale serves one of Knoxville’s poorest neighborhoods. 99.7% of its students qualify for the free lunch program and 88% come from homes below the poverty line. It happens to be their circumstance, but it doesn’t define these children. These are bright, smart kids and we’re building a day of fun and interaction to make sure these children know they’re loved and appreciated.

The Lonsdale Elementary Day of Service will take place on Friday, November 17, and will feature inflatables, carnival games, entertainment and goodie bags. It will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will involve nearly 400 children from pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.

But putting smiles on these kid’s faces isn’t free. We need volunteers at the school and donations to defray the cost of supplies and activities. You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here, that will go directly to the event, and any surplus funds will go toward a new playground we hope to build at Lonsdale Elementary next summer. If you can volunteer, please e-mail Christie Knapper, GRIDSMART’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at christie.knapper@gridsmart.com.

Thank you for helping improve the lives of these children.

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