Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
Today, LKQ Corporation, in partnership with Shwab Elementary School of Nashville, Tennessee, formally dedicated the Leonard “Lenny” A. Damron LKQ Leadership Institute. The new initiative aims to nurture and develop the leadership skills of the children at Shwab Elementary School to foster their personal growth and help them become future leaders. A dedication ceremony and reception took place at Shwab and a number of local officials were on hand as LKQ unveiled a new sign for the school.
"While obtaining the necessary approvals to develop an LKQ self-service facility in Nashville, our team spent countless hours discussing our plans with nearby businesses and neighborhood residents. During that time we discovered that Shwab Elementary faces tremendous challenges in serving this community," said Eileen A. Sottile, Vice President of LKQ Government Affairs. “We wanted to help the children in any way we could, so we began working with Shwab’s outstanding principal Dr. Natalyn Gibbs to explore the best ways to partner.”
Currently serving approximately 400 children, Shwab Elementary is located in one of the lowest income districts in Nashville. Approximately 99 percent of its students qualify for the free lunch program.
The new Leadership Institute at Shwab Elementary is named in honor of LKQ Vice President Lenny Damron, who recently passed away. “Lenny was an exceptional leader and mentor who had a special place in his heart for children,” said LKQ Corporation President and CEO Robert L. Wagman. “It is a fitting tribute to Lenny, and his legacy, that LKQ is able to help contribute to the personal growth of these deserving children. We also look forward to providing local job opportunities in Nashville when our new self-service facility opens in the coming months.”
The Leonard “Lenny” A. Damron LKQ Leadership Institute’s official launch was attended by a number of distinguished local officials. During the dedication ceremony, LKQ unveiled a new sign that it donated to the school bearing the name of the Institute. Several Shwab students participated in the program, which provided an overview of the project’s beginning and recognized the Damron family members in attendance. A reception was then held in the school cafeteria.
“This was an exciting day for Shwab Elementary’s leadership team and the children,” said Dr. Natalyn Gibbs, Principal of Shwab Elementary School. “Making a difference in these young students’ lives is part of our ongoing pursuit of excellence at the school. We expect that the months and years to come will bring great things from our partnership with LKQ.”
Following the formal ceremony today, LKQ President and CEO Robert L. Wagman briefly addressed the students on the topic of leadership. Shwab Elementary and LKQ Corporation will hold a half-day Leadership Academy for the school’s children on Saturday, May 11. The workshop will examine the effective leadership skills of successful professionals, feature speakers provided by LKQ, and seek to instill positive leadership attributes in Shwab’s students. A similar Leadership Academy event is being planned for this fall.
LKQ Corporation and Shwab Elementary are also partnering to provide support to the children through the following programs:
Lenny’s Closet—An ongoing clothing drive to help address seasonal clothing needs
Lenny’s Pantry—A continuing collection of non-perishable snacks for the children
Lenny’s Christmas Party—A holiday party for the students of Shwab Elementary
About LKQ Corporation
LKQ Corporation is the largest nationwide provider of aftermarket, recycled and refurbished collision replacement parts, and a leading provider of recycled transmissions and remanufactured engines, all in connection with the repair of automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ also has operations in the United Kingdom, the Benelux, France, Canada, Mexico and Central America. LKQ operates more than 500 facilities, offering its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components and parts to repair automobiles and light, medium and heavy-duty trucks.