Stanek Windows Sponsors PAY IT FORWARD Day

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Stanek Windows Partners with Independence Middle School in Independence, Ohio to encourage reading and community service

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Many of us are parents and grandparents and understand the importance of reading to our children and grandchildren. Whatever we can do to promote that message, we will. - Rick Jones, President, Stanek Windows

Stanek Windows has partnered with Independence Middle School in Independence, Ohio for their Spring “Pay it Forward Community Day.”

The school approached Stanek Windows in the summertime and asked them for their support. Independence Middle School sixth graders read a book called, Seedfolks, over the summer. The book was about a number of people in Cleveland, Ohio from varying ages and backgrounds that transformed a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden (and in doing so the gardeners transformed themselves).

To continue the theme of the book throughout the year, the students and teachers are planning a "Pay it Forward" community outreach day this spring. The teachers would like to connect the book’s theme of making a difference in the community to the importance of reading.

The teachers are encouraging the students to read 500 books by April. If they reach that goal, Stanek Windows will guarantee a donation of the money needed to the “Pay it Forward Community Day.”

Stanek Windows employees produced a video message encouraging the kids to read and get excited about the program. The video was played at the school’s kick-off assembly. Stanek’s staff is looking forward to visiting the students at the school throughout the year to check in on their progress.

In the spring, students from Independence Middle School and employees from Stanek Windows will go out into the community of Independence and “Pay it Forward”—reaching out to those in needs and surprising people by doing something nice for them. It might be buying someone a cup of coffee, lunch, or even a tank of gas. Many students will be helping with springtime cleanup of yards and other service projects.

“Our management belief is that companies with employer-supported volunteering programs find that employees are proud to work for them; potential employees want to join them; and customers feel good about buying from them,” said Richard Jones, President and CEO. “Many of us are parents and grandparents and understand the importance of reading to our children and grandchildren. Whatever we can do to promote that message, we will.”

During the course of the year, Stanek’s dedicated associates in Ohio, Florida, and Wisconsin participate in many community outreach programs. The company received the EDGE award from the Entrepreneurs EDGE and Crain’s Cleveland Business last year for its annual food drive to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. They are very active in the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce. President and CEO Richard Jones and Stanek Windows were nominated for its Impact Awards for Person/Business of the Year for 2010 by the Mayor of the Village of Cuyahoga Heights. They also support the Cuyahoga Heights High School Work Ethic Certification Program, Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes, and the Cleveland Southwest Safety Council.

About Stanek Windows
Stanek Windows serves Western Florida, Northeast Ohio and South-Eastern Wisconsin with offices in Tampa/Clearwater, Florida, Cleveland, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company offers a full line of energy-efficient windows, patio doors and exterior doors, as well as, siding, hurricane shutters and gutter systems. All Stanek Windows are independently tested and certified to area building codes, including impact windows for the strongest Florida hurricane-rated codes. For more information, contact Stanek Windows at 800-4-STANEK or visit


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