Children are better equipped to thrive in school when their basic needs are met.

That’s why Tucson Electric Power stepped in with financial support and volunteers to assist the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) with its longstanding program to help kids in need get new shoes. TEP served as the main sponsor for EEF’s latest shoe shopping event on Friday.

“We know that for some kids, a new pair of shoes really makes the difference in their ability to learn and engage in school,” said Ryan Anderson, a Senior Key Account Manager who volunteered for the shopping party and also serves on the EEF Board of Directors.

EEF was founded in 1983 to help teachers and students in Tucson Unified School District, the largest and oldest school district in the city. In addition to shoes, the nonprofit helps the district’s students satisfy other basic needs such as eye exams, clothing, bus passes and hygiene supplies.

“We couldn’t do our work without the support of our donors and sponsors,” EEF Executive Director Leslie Edwards said. “We’re grateful that TEP continues to serve as a resource for our community.”

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