Joliet business donates pillows, books, CDs to District 86

The donations will benefit students at over a dozen schools

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Markelz Business Interiors donated over 1,600 Paddy Pillows, books and CDs to Joliet Public Schools District 86.

The items were given to preschool students at Marycrest and Kindergarten students at Culbertson, Cunningham, Farragut, Forest Park I.E., Jefferson, Keith, Marshall, Pershing, Sanchez, Sandburg, Singleton, Taft, Thigpen, Thompson and Woodland schools, according to a news release.

“We cannot thank Janet Markelz, President of Markelz Business Interiors, enough for her donation,” Joliet Public Schools District 86 Director of Communications Sandy Zalewski said in a statement. “The students were thrilled to meet Paddy!”

Paddy Pillow was created by Aimee Markelz to help children identify, understand and express emotions in a healthy way.

District 86 has nearly 10,000 students in more than 20 schools.