IAM Local 1746 recently participated in the East Hartford (Conn.) Public School system’s Back-to-School Rally. IAM Local 1746 members have generously donated an assortment of essential school supplies bearing the IAM logo to aid students in their educational journey.
IAM Local 1746’s participation was part of the Maria Santiago Lillis Advocacy Day – A Commitment to Serve (ACTS) to honor Santiago Lillis’ tireless fight for workers’ rights, human rights and social justice.
The Back-to-School Rally, organized by East Hartford Public Schools Office of Equity, Partnerships and Achievement, helped bring together students, families, educators, and community members to kick off the new school year with enthusiasm and determination. The event featured various engaging activities and resources to help students start the year on a positive note.
Recognizing the importance of equipping students with the tools they need to succeed, IAM Local 1746 donated school supplies to help ease the financial burden on families while creating a positive learning environment for students.
“We firmly believe that every student deserves the opportunity to thrive academically, regardless of their socioeconomic background,” said IAM Local 1746 member Thérèse Hervieux. “By contributing to the East Hartford Public Schools Back-to-School Rally, we are investing in the future of our community and empowering students to reach their full potential.”
IAM Local 1746 is proud of its commitment to local community organizations. In May, the IAM Local 1746’s Women’s Committee organized a collection of money and supplies at Pratt & Whitney’s East Hartford campus for the Prudence Crandall Center Women & Children’s Shelter.
Every level of the IAM supported this effort, including the Eastern Territory, William W. Winpisinger Center, Communications Department, District 26, and Local Lodge 1746 officers and membership.
“I am so proud of the work our members at Local Lodge 1746 do in the community,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “Their participation in this rally showcases the impact our members make daily. Local Lodge 1746 members work so hard every day and still find time to contribute to the East Hartford Public School system. I am glad the Eastern Territory staff could assist with this project.”
IAM Local 1746 members are skilled workers at Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Company in East Hartford, Conn. The members manufacture, repair, and produce parts for commercial and military engines, including the KC-46 air refueling tanker, the F-35 joint strike fighter, and the A320 commercial airliner.