MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Middle and high school teachers and students across California have something to celebrate today, as the AT&T Foundation revealed it "flash funded" all earth science projects listed by teachers on the education crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. In total, 65 projects were fulfilled, benefiting over 11,000 6th – 12th grade students with a total grant of $50,000.
"The future depends on the success of the next generation and the well-being of our planet," said Ken McNeely, president, AT&T California. "In celebration of Earth Day, we are thrilled to support the teachers and students who are studying earth sciences through projects that both inspire learning and help create a more sustainable world."
The Earth Day flash funding is part of the AT&T Aspire education initiative and builds upon the company's longstanding commitment to the environment. The announcement was made at Alta Vista High School, a Model Continuation High School, showcasing its Chicken and Gardens project teaching sustainability and urban farming. The grant supports a wide range of earth science projects across California including:
- Supplies for students to build an indoor greenhouse, maintain an aquaponics system and plan numerous urban gardens to study germination, pollination and ecology while giving back to the community.
- STEM projects for young scientists to test wind energy, wire a model home for solar energy, and other projects to explore the impacts of renewable energy generation.
- Equipment such as rock samples for biology students studying plate tectonics; plasma bulbs for astronomy students to visualize the stars; weather kits for students to measure and predict weather patterns; and much more.
- Click here to view the projects fulfilled.
AT&T Aspire is the company's signature education initiative that invests in students today – at home, in the classroom, and at work – to prepare them for success tomorrow. AT&T previously supported several DonorsChoose.org initiatives as part of AT&T Aspire, the company's $350 million planned commitment to education. More information about AT&T Aspire is available at: www.att.com/aspire.
AT&T is committed to helping create a more sustainable future by enhancing the efficiency of its network, delivering low-carbon customer solutions and supporting organizations that help conserve and protect natural resources. In 2015, AT&T announced a new goal to enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of its operations by 2025. More information about AT&T's sustainability goals, programs and impacts is available at: http://www.about.att.com/content/csr/home/planet.html.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation 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. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017
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