Monthly Archives: January 2014

Education Makes Dreams Come True

Can dreams come true? This week, I had the opportunity to find out for myself.

As Vice President of Administration & Human Resources at Dixon Ticonderoga Company I was flattered  yet a bit apprehensive when Dixon’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Gomez, asked me to write a guest post. I wasn’t quite sure I would be able to describe my feelings about an experience that had touched my heart. However, I was surprised to see that as soon as I started typing I was able to relive those moments vividly.

Earlier this week, Akerman LLP, a leading law firm, and Dixon Ticonderoga Company partnered to donate backpacks filled with high-quality school supplies to West Riviera Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Fla. I had the privilege to stand with Akerman staff to distribute 736 backpacks in one day! I was touched by all the high fives and tight hugs I received from the young children. It was amazing to hear the shouts of excitement from the students when they saw their very own backpack stuffed with their favorite packs of Ticonderoga Pencils and products.

While I was on the road driving back up to Orlando from West Palm, all I could think about was the little girl that tapped me on my leg and stated with a soft voice, “Thank you, ma’am. I really appreciate it”.

Thank you, Akerman. Your generosity touched the lives of many young children. Your team deserves all the credit.

If you or your company is interested in being a part of a day of giving backpacks to students and making dreams come true, please send an email to

—     Lillian Gonzalez