CINCINNATI, OH (May 12, 2014) – When some companies talk about social responsibility, their contributions are strictly financial, they write a check and mark it off their list. For the 5th consecutive year, Cincinnati-based Hobsons has teamed with Adopt A Class to adopt a local classroom and show students the positive impact education can have on their lives. While the company’s financial contribution provides much-needed classroom supplies, Hobsons takes the program a step further by giving back to the Cincinnati education community in a fun-filled day for local students.

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, thirty-eight sixth-graders from the John P. Parker School will spend the day at Hobsons’ Cincinnati headquarters for a day of education and exploration:

  • Hobsons CEO Craig Heldman will stress the connection between education and lifelong success;
  • A hands-on resume building session will give students a sense of what they can do now to build their future resume;
  • A Social Awareness and Responsibility session will show students the importance of how their everyday lives affect the world around them; and
  • During a company tour, students will learn about each department and how education is being transformed via innovative technology solutions.

Hobsons invites local media to attend and shadow the students as they experience a day immersed in the business of education with experts who believe that education creates a continuous cycle of opportunity. To RSVP, email

During this event, Hobsons will donate a total of $44,000 to the local Cincinnati education community. Recipients include John P. Parker School, Adopt A Class, and Crayons 2 Computers, a teachers’ resource organization where teachers can pick up supplies for their classes in under privileged schools.

“Adopt A Class is excited to partner with Hobsons in giving back to the Cincinnati education community,” says Katie Burroughs, Executive Director at Adopt A Class. “Giving students the chance to have the resources for a more enhanced education experience is one of our key missions. Without companies like Hobsons, we would not be able to provide a vision of what is possible for the children in our community in such a meaningful and significant way.”

“By providing a different classroom setting for a day at our headquarters, students will see firsthand how a good education can turn innovative ideas into a reality,” says Craig Heldman, CEO of Hobsons. “With Adopt A Class, we were able to have a real impact on students’ education. While this may be a small bump in funding for John P. Parker School, sometimes that’s all the difference it takes to reach the next level up of a solid education.”

Hobsons’ partnership with Adopt A Class shows how education technology providers can directly reach students and affectively deliver a positive change in their academic careers.


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