Incentive Concepts Employees Make New Friends at City Academy Buddy Morning

IC team spends one-on-one time with City Academy’s young scholars

At Incentive Concepts, we’re committed to delivering the best, better when it comes to employee rewards and memorable gifting experiences. However, our dedication to quality isn’t limited to the products and services we provide—it extends to our involvement with the local community. On April 18, several members of the IC team participated in City Academy’s Buddy Morning.

Incentive Concepts Buddy Morning Volunteer Activity

Buddy Morning is a volunteer activity that connects community leaders and partners with the young students of City Academy. Each scholar is paired with a volunteer for one-on-one time. Together, they participate in a learning activity, like a science project or literacy scavenger hunt. But beyond the fun activity, volunteers have an opportunity to learn about each scholar and, on a greater level, discover what makes City Academy such a special place.

The Incentive Concepts team members in attendance were (from left): Michelle Birkla, B2B Account Specialist; Lisa Brown, Purchasing Director; Andy Hudson, Marketing Manager; Shelby Anderson, VP of Operations; Yma Copeland, Receptionist; and Lee Yu, Customer Resource Specialist.

City Academy is St. Louis’ only private elementary school that provides scholarship support for every student. The school operates with the philosophy that circumstance shouldn’t dictate a child’s access to high-quality education. Regardless of income or neighborhood, City Academy’s doors are open to all applicants.

Incentive Concepts is proud to partner with institutions like City Academy and continue giving back to our surrounding community in meaningful ways.

Photos of Incentive Concepts Building a Culture of Volunteerism

Yma Copeland and Madison (2nd grade) created hex bug mazes and talked about their families, including Madison’s five brothers and sisters, all who attend City Academy.


Shelby Anderson and Hamida (3rd grade) worked together on a mystery worksheet and wrote a “Where I’m From” poem.


Second-grader Michael and Lee Yu built creative hex bug mazes and talked about Michael’s favorite sport, basketball.


Fourth-grader Mitchell and Andy Hudson looked up the definition of words in order to author powerful action sentences.


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