Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Donates More Than 22,000 School Supplies to Hampton Roads Students


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division's "School Tools" drive collected more than 22,000 school supplies that will benefit an estimated 1,000 area students.

"We are proud of our employees' generous spirit that has built a successful School Tools program," said Chavis Harris, NNS' director of EEO, Diversity and Corporate Citizenship. "We don't work to just build ships in Newport News—we work to build our community. We are proud to participate in this important initiative."

NNS shipbuilders donated everything from 9,418 pencils and 4,110 ball point pens to 1,766 erasers and 850 packs of paper. The supplies were sorted and delivered to local departments of social services, Newport News Public Schools Administration and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula as part of the United Way's annual Day of Caring.

"The school supplies that are donated by Newport News Shipbuilding's School Tools program make it possible for many children to enter school ready to learn," said Theora Rankins, community resource coordinator, Newport News Department of Human Services. "Without Newport News Shipbuilding's support, many of the children we serve would not have the tools they need to succeed."

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:

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