PLS Donates School Supplies to Cudahy (WI) High School

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PLS made a donation of 300 USB flash drives to Cudahy High School's Renaissance Program, to be presented to high-performing students at the Milwaukee-area school's year-end assembly.

We’re very grateful to PLS for being such a good neighbor. Their generous contribution will help us ensure our students have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.

As Josh Beck was assembling the school supplies that would be awarded to high-performing students at Cudahy High School through the school’s Renaissance Program, the language arts teacher knew something was missing.

Beck and fellow teacher Julia Goldberg, who serve as advisors to the Renaissance Program at the Milwaukee-area school, hoped to include USB flash drives among the school supplies. “Flash drives would help our students bring work from school to home and back,” he noted. “But we’d never included such a costly item among our supplies.”

Beck reached out to local businesses for assistance and received an immediate “yes” from PLS. A leading consumer financial services retailer, PLS ( operates a number of locations in the Milwaukee area. The company is a regular and frequent contributor to student-recognition programs at area schools.

On May 4, Christina Mesko, Director of Operations, PLS Loan Store/South Wisconsin, presented 300 2GB flash drives to Beck, Goldberg and associate principal Dean Lew.

“The Renaissance Program recognizes and rewards students who succeed academically,” said Beck. “At our year-end assembly, we present backpacks filled with school supplies to 300 of these students. This year, thanks to PLS, our backpacks will contain something extra special.”

“We’re very grateful to PLS for being such a good neighbor,” said associate principal Lew. “Their generous contribution will help us ensure our students have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.”

PLS is one of America’s most successful and fastest-growing consumer financial services retailers. The PLS mission is to provide innovative and convenient financial services delivered with the respect that hard-working consumers deserve.

About PLS: People. Location. Service.

The PLS Group (, headquartered in Chicago, is comprised of more than 300 financial services centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 3,300 employees. The company also manages more than 45 check cashing locations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas.

PLS has been listed among Inc. magazine’s “5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America” ( for the past three years, and for three consecutive years has been named one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago” by the National Association for Business Resources ( For the past five years, PLS has been named one of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies by Crain’s Chicago Business® (, and was listed among Crain’s “Fast 50” (Fastest Growing Companies). Bob and Dan Wolfberg, PLS Presidents, were finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award ( In 2011, Bob Wolfberg was recognized by Financial Service Centers of America [FiSCA (] as its Financial Service Provider of the Year. The company has also been twice honored with the Activa Award from FiSCA in recognition of its charitable efforts.

The PLS Group serves customers through its PLS Check Cashers stores, which offer check cashing, prepaid Visa® debit cards, money transfer services, money orders and bill payments; PLS Loan Store locations, which provide consumer short-term loans, auto insurance and tax-preparation services; and PLS Motor Vehicle Services facilities, which offer vehicle license and registration services.

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