'Check'-ing in
Tom McGann, left, a leader at the Honeywell Aerospace Deer Valley and Bell Road facilities, Friday presents a check for $5,000 to Sine Elementary School Principal Ted North. For nine years, employees in Honeywell's Glendale and North Phoenix locations have raised funds for the school.

Several Honeywell Aerospace employees brought more than smiles last week when they visited Sine Elementary School in the Glendale Elementary School District. In addition to boxes of school supplies, they delivered a check for $5,000 Friday. Employees from the Deer Valley and Bell Road facilities raised the funds with car washes, ice cream socials and other activities.

For nine years, employees from the company's process solutions and space systems and operations divisions have gathered funds for the school, along with its sister school, Smith. The groups also contribute to the Thomas J. Pappas School for homeless children.

The financial support was the brainchild of Honeywell employee Cheryl Kappes.

"We all live in a corporate world and we've been very fortunate to have Honeywell leaders who support this," Kappes said. "It's very rewarding to give back to the community."

Sine Principal Ted North said the Honeywell employees' contribution helps school officials "turn obstacles into opportunities," and will provide basic school supplies, such as pencils, paper and backpacks, as well as helping to fund transportation for field trips. Funds also allow for student scholarships for field-trip costs, such as entry fees.