ATLANTA, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, GE's Hispanic Forum hosted a back-to-school community service event to support local students in need. More than 75 GE employees assembled back-to-school backpacks, which will be donated to North Park Elementary School. The backpacks are filled with supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks and healthy snacks.
The event is part of the GE Hispanic Forum's ongoing initiative to promote academic achievement and healthy living amongst Hispanic students.
During the event, GE Hispanic Forum members also set a goal to raise $8,000 for scholarships to support its partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. GE launched the partnership in 2011 to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Hispanic college students. Within two years, the Hispanic Forum has successfully raised over $200,000, which has provided college scholarships to 58 Hispanic students, some of whom are first-generation college attendees.
"A solid education will open limitless opportunities for Hispanic students in Atlanta and around the country," said Hernando Madronero, Senior Vice President of Nuclear Engineering at GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy. "Our goal is to inspire the next generation of Hispanic leaders and cultivate lasting interest in STEM careers among Hispanics across the country. These backpacks and school supplies will help local students on their journey to gain an education that will prepare them for the jobs of the future."
Jeffrey Mosley, Norton Park Elementary Assistant School Principal, attended the event and thanked GE for its gift and support.
"On behalf of Norton Park Elementary School, I would like to thank GE for its generous gift of 250 school backpacks including healthy snacks and meals for our students. The backpacks and their content will provide critical support to our students who work hard each day to succeed. As a Title-I school we are often faced with the challenge of meeting basic needs before we can focus on academic readiness and achievement. In some cases, access to food during non-school hours is a challenge. Your support and generosity will support families that otherwise may be unable to provide adequate and nutritious food for their children," said Assistant Principal Mosley.
The GE Hispanic Forum was established in 1996 as an employee-based affinity group created to attract, retain and develop Hispanic talent within GE. GEHF currently has over 3,100 members in the U.S. and globally who work to engage and support Hispanic communities around the country.
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