Digital learning must be accessible to everyone! That’s why the Bielefeld Citizens’ Foundation (Bielefelder Bürgerstiftung) donated 3,000 euros to purchase loaned laptops at the Heepen Gymnasium. We are pleased that we were able to contribute to the donation with 12 matching notebook backpacks. We wish the students and teachers lots of fun with the backpacks and a lot of fun with the new laptops.
All over Germany, the food banks of the cities and municipalities are currently very busy. Due to current hygiene regulations, food must be packed in bags in a different way than usual before it is handed over to those in need. This inevitably leads to additional work for employees and a need for reusable bags.
For this reason, back in May of this year we provided the Bielefelder food bank 1,000 high-quality, reusable cotton bags free of charge for the distribution of food. According to the board of the Bielefelder food bank, these bags have proved very successful in recent months. Since there is now a need for more bags, we would like to donate a further 1,500 hard-wearing and washable cotton bags to the food bank.
For this purpose, we transported the bags in our truck to the Bielefelder food bank, where the food bank’s board members personally accepted the donation. Our CEO Armin Halfar is happy to support the helpers in their work with the bags.
The Corona pandemic has limited all of us. Students could only learn the school material at home. Therefore the schools provided the teaching material and the first digital lessons took place. The exchange with teachers and classmates was also exclusively digital in the meantime.
Gradually, the pupils are now allowed back into the school buildings, but only under strict conditions. Since classes are not yet held daily again, there is still a great need for digital communication and learning media. This is because the precautions will continue to restrict the schools’ everyday life for a longer period of time, at least until the summer holidays.
However, a suitable PC or laptop is a prerequisite for digital learning. However, it cannot be taken for granted that every student has the appropriate technical equipment. Therefore the Zierold Stiftung donates 15 laptops worth about 5,400 Euro to the Realschule Heepen.
Notebook backpacks in addition to the laptops
In addition to the laptops, we have donated 15 durable and padded laptop backpacks, in which the notebooks and other learning material can be easily stowed. Armin Halfar explains: “We are happy to support this great fundraising campaign of the Zierold Foundation with padded and durable laptop backpacks so that the students can transport the equipment safely”.
The headmaster of the Realschule Heepen, Klaus Schweter, also expressed his pleasure: “We are very grateful to the Zierold Foundation that we can provide this hardware support to some selected students, especially in times of learning at a distance. The devices are lent to our students as needed, of course with reference to careful treatment. Thanks also to the company Halfar for the additional donation of the backpacks, which ensure that the equipment can be transported safely!
We are happy that our bags can once again be used for a good cause. You can read here, for example, what else our bags can do:
Rotarians sewed masks for a Dutch retirement home together with HALFAR® employees
On the first weekend in May, the sewing machines whirred at the bag makers from Bielefeld. After an inquiry from the Dutch RC Epe reached us last week, some Bielefeld and Eper Rotarians and HALFAR® staff came together at the weekend to help. Together, divided into small working groups that were spatially separated in the production area, a total of 500 mouth and nose masks were completed for the good cause.
Unfortunately, there are currently not enough mouth and nose masks available that can be used as a support to contain the further spread of corona. Procurement on the free market was not possible at short notice.
In order to provide quick relief in this emergency situation, the weekend was used without further ado. Where in the daily operation of HALFAR® the sample construction department produces tailor-made bag solutions for individual customers, the last weekend was used for the good cause.
Since work could only be done in smaller groups and with sufficient distance, volunteer HALFAR® employees made the start on Labour Day. They started the in-house production of mouth and nose masks. Thanks to the active support of the Rotarians of Bielefeld, on Saturday a total of 1,000 mouth and nose masks were completed for the good cause, 500 for RC Epe and 500 for HALFAR® employees.
Together we cut, sewed, assembled and cleaned up for this. Apart from the good feeling of being able to contribute something positive in the current difficult situation, all those involved also took away with them the knowledge of the performance of our colleagues in Eastern Europe, especially in the production of more than 12,000 masks per day, which are currently being manufactured for our customers!
As part of our sustainability policy, we have gladly decided to support the “Bielefeld Community Foundation”. We have promised a “Bronze” sponsorship for three years.
Citizens and companies of the city for citizens: The intention of the sponsor model of the community foundation is to be able to regularly and reliably count on earmarked donations for the diverse, regional projects over a longer period. In so doing, as many participants as possible, each with moderate amounts, can achieve a great deal and enable the community foundation to undertake long-term projects.
The “Bielefeld Community Foundation” from Bielefeld
Why exactly this foundation? It supports a wide range of social projects, such as swimming lessons for children, youth or elderly people. The foundation also supports regional art and cultural projects. Above all, however, it is local and works for our fellow citizens. In addition, our Managing Director Kathrin Stühmeyer-Halfar is an honorary member of the foundation’s Board of Directors and is therefore familiar with the foundation’s projects.
As a company that is very connected to Bielefeld, we are happy to support regional projects. Therefore, we are happy that our donations benefit worthwhile projects.
Let’s be honest: Who has not thought about this sentence one time or another? Such as when you get annoyed about someone who has not read the email or WhatsApp message properly and needs another explanation.
We just skim over the newspaper article or an email, because we have no time. And all of a sudden we have skipped an important passage and understood only half of the information. The consequence is that we have to read it again or inform ourselves elsewhere. This costs time and causes frustration to the person who has written it, which we could have avoided.
But time is not the only problem. According to a 2017 PIRLS study, almost one in five pupils cannot read properly when they leave primary school. Even reading a book or a newspaper article in later life is a problem.
Since we cooperate with some regional schools ourselves, the pupils’ education is so important to us. That’s why, together with the teachers and the school head teacher, we came up with something to promote reading skills on a permanent basis.
Halfar reading backpacks for fifth graders
As part of our long-standing cooperation with the Realschule Heepen in the Bielefeld district of the same name, we have compiled four family reading backpacks last week. These backpacks were full with various books. Halfar-funded books were chosen in advance by subject teachers, with the specific aim of promoting reading literacy. Inside, there are books from which the fifth graders should read to their parents and siblings, as well as books from which the parents should read to their children. Audio books with accompanying materials are also part of the reading backpack.
Now each pupil should take the backpack home for a week to practice reading and attentive listening with his or her parents and siblings. Afterwards, everybody reports on what they have read. At the same time, the fifth graders must be able to remember what they have read or heard, in order to tell everyone about it: A great idea to promote several skills at once.
When the backpacks were officially handed over, managing director Armin Halfar had personally visited the school and gave the four backpacks to the head master Klaus Schweter. Two pupils from each of the classes 5a to 5d accepted the filled backpacks worth a total of € 500. Everyone could see how happy they were to receive the backpacks overflowing with books.
We hope everyone enjoys reading and we are sure that the campaign will lead to positive results in learning success!