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Metalloinvest gives a school bag to all first-year school pupils in Gubkin

5 September 2018

Before the start of each new academic year, Metalloinvest purchases modern orthopaedic school bags for first-year school pupils in the town of Gubkin.

Steelworkers have organised the traditional campaign for the past six years in the town ahead of 1 September. This year, Metalloinvest allocated more than RUB 2mn to the campaign and purchased 1200 school bags for first year school children.

The orthopaedic bags were designed in line with recommendations from leading Russian healthcare specialists: the anatomic back support helps to distribute weight equally across the child’s shoulders and spine, and the reflective panels increase safety on the road. This year, the school bags have been designed in two colours; purple bags for girls and blue bags for boys. Each bag contains two pencil holders and a bag for school shoes.

Lebedinsky GOK proposed the initiative in 2012 and it received unanimous approval from teachers and doctors in the town. Since then, the Company has provided support to Gubkin families every year, preparing children for the first grade. Over the last six years, Metalloinvest has purchased over 8,000 school bags.

Leonid Alyanykh, Director of Social Issues at Lebedinsky GOK, commented: “The school children of today are our future and hope. Metalloinvest is giving every school child a wonderful gift, dedicated to the Day of Knowledge. A company-branded school bag is a sign of quality; parents trust the orthopaedic features of the bag and children are proud to have a bag from the mining company.”

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