AT&T Aspire 'Flash Funds' All DonorsChoose.org Projects in Salt Lake City With More Than $220,000 in Support

Aspire Campaign Funds 170 Projects, Supporting an Estimated 17,595 Students

Oct 21, 2014, 10:30 ET from AT&T

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachers and students in Salt Lake City had something to celebrate today as AT&T Aspire revealed it "flash funded" all projects listed by 162 teachers on the education crowd funding site DonorsChoose.org in Salt Lake City. In total, 170 projects were fulfilled, benefiting 17,595 of Salt Lake City's students totaling $220,760. Classroom projects ranged from supplies for geology and science projects; to theatre projects; to early readers projects focused on technology. 

"We know students need the right resources and tools to succeed, so we are thrilled to work with DonorsChoose.org to fulfill Salt Lake City's projects," said Tara Thue, Director of External Affairs- AT&T Utah. "This is one more way that AT&T Aspire is helping students thrive in classrooms across the country."

"This came as a great surprise to so many of our teachers who work hard every day to bring innovative ways to reach our students in the classroom. To know that others recognize their ideas and support their creativity in reaching students is great to see. We thank AT&T and DonorsChoose for this 'flash' of support that helps both our teachers and students as a capital city for education," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

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 Salt Lake City 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."

About DonorsChoose
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.  At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $265 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 12 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. 

About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring.

About AT&T
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