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AT&T Funds ALL Teacher Projects Listed on the DonorsChoose.Org Web Site in Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties
Published:
10/2/2014 12:14:38 PM

Teachers and students in the Lowcountry had something to celebrate today as AT&T Aspire announced it “flash funded” all education projects listed by teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org in Charleston, Berkley and Dorchester counties

In total, 130 projects, requested by 111 teachers at 64 schools, were fulfilled through a contribution of $70,076. They encompass a wide range of needs, including:
· Gardening supplies and a portable greenhouse;
· iPads, laptops and a 3-D printer;
· percussion instruments, student guitars, and violin strings;
· books, crayons, and scholastic magazine subscriptions; and
· carpet for a reading area in an elementary classroom and transportation for a college visit for high schoolers.

Cumulatively, more than 13,000 students will be directly impacted by the projects.

“We know students need the right resources and tools to succeed, so we are thrilled to work with DonorsChoose.org in fulfilling these projects,” said Jack Mitchell, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs. “This is one more way that AT&T Aspire is helping students thrive in classrooms across the country.”

AT&T Aspire is the company's signature education initiative that invests in students today – at home, in the classroom, at work – to prepare them for success tomorrow. AT&T previously supported several DonorsChoose.org initiatives as part of its $350 million planned commitment to education.

“We’re proud to call AT&T a partner, and we’re grateful for their overwhelming support of Charleston-area classrooms,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “This contribution will mean a great deal to the teachers and students they’ve helped.”

-Local Reactions-

Sen. Sean Bennett (R-Dorchester) – “Our children are the future of our state and our community. Regardless of whether we have children in the schools, we all have a stake in their educational success and a responsibility to support the work of their teachers. AT&T’s involvement with this DonorsChoose program shows what can happen when the private sector is willing to make a difference in the community.”

Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley) – “Every day, across the Lowcountry, teachers are touching students’ hearts and inspiring their dreams. It is exciting to think how this flash fund project from AT&T and DonorsChoose is going to impact lives and futures throughout our region.”

Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) – “I am convinced that, for every student, the journey to a successful future begins when a teacher ignites a spark of intellectual curiosity and academic achievement. The projects which will be funded and the needs which will be met because of DonorsChoose and AT&T are shining examples of the connectivity between corporate responsibility and our schools. I am thrilled that our district will be benefitting from this initiative.”

Nancy J. McGinley, Superintendent, Charleston County School District – "This announcement means teachers will get the materials and supplies they need to enhance learning opportunities for children. Public money never can fill all of the needs. So many times our hard working teachers reach into their own pockets to buy the extra supports that school district budgets can not provide. The Lowcountry is so lucky to have a partner like AT&T which not only values education, but also uses their corporate resources to invest in our children and support our teachers."

Morris Ravenell, Superintendent, Dorchester School District Four – “A quality education is something that could positively change a life forever. So thanks to AT&T and DonorsChoose for caring about education and helping the students of Dorchester School District Four get a step closer to that ultimate goal.”

Rodney Thompson, Superintendent, Berkeley County Schools – “One of our goals in Berkeley County Schools is to build family, community, and business support that will generate advocacy for our schools and our school district. We are thrilled to have supporters in our community such as AT&T and Donors Choose that understand that schools alone cannot be successful. When our classroom teachers are supported, students win.”

 

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