BRENTWOOD, TN., - While real estate agents stay pretty busy during the final days of the summer home selling season, the Realtors of Crye-Leike are definitely in a buying mood. Agents have been hitting the stores shopping for back to school items to donate to Middle Tennessee children in the care of Youth Villages.

 

"This has been a wonderful tradition for us and we love it," said Kristin Pendergraft, Crye-Leike Spring Hill Managing Broker. "While the real estate market has slowed down, our agents have not when it comes to shopping for new school supplies for these children."

 

Now in its 10th consecutive year, Crye-Leike is part of the Youth Villages ?Backpack Heroes Campaign' - to help ensure that the emotionally and behaviorally challenged kids in the agency's care get the same start to school as every other child. Everything that's donated goes to help local children in the Middle Tennessee area.

 

"Most of these children live below the poverty line and can't afford new school supplies," said Harold Crye, Crye-Leike, REALTORS Cofounder and CEO. "These are kids with little or nothing at all, so getting something new goes a long way."

 

Crye's late son Chris was a huge supporter of Youth Villages. Chris Crye was very involved with the Middle Tennessee agency up until his tragic death ten years ago. In his memory, the agents of Crye-Leike carry on a tradition of caring for kids who deserve every opportunity to learn and succeed.

 

"Because of what Crye-Leike associates do, these kids get to attend school with new folders, paper, pencils and backpacks like every other kid," said Greg Schott, Youth Villages Development Manager. "It gives them the opportunity to have something brand new and shows them they can trust grown ups who are willing to help kids they don't even know."

 

So from late July until early August Crye-Leike Associates and Employees across the Middle Tennessee region go school supply shopping. They effectively become agents of better education.

 

"I know agents who all summer look forward to hitting the stores for these kids," said Crye-Leike Manager Pendergraft. "They will search high and low for that special backpack or certain kind of notebooks and pen or pencil set. It's very personal to us as we hope it is for the kids."

 

This year Crye-leike is helping children in the care of Youth Villages across the Middle Tennessee region. From as far west as Cookeville, south to Columbia, north to Hendersonville and west to Dickson.

 

"By providing school supplies for these children, we're letting them know that they are special to our community," said Harold Crye. "A solid education and great schools keep our children and communities thriving and strong, and we hope our small effort helps to make a difference in their lives."

 

More About Youth Villages

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization that serves emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. Its mission is to help children and families live successfully. Most of the children in Youth Villages' care have had to be removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect and are in custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. The organization helps these children by finding permanency for each one - either returning to his or her own home or, if not possible, finding a caring "forever" family through adoption.

 

More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation's 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located throughout the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

 

Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.