FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Gale, a Cengage Learning company, today announced it has raised $25,000 to support the education of children affected by the Flint water crisis. In partnership with United Way of Genesee County, the money raised will be donated to the Flint Public Library, the Genesee Intermediate School District and SKIP to a Great Start preschool programs. The United Way of Genesee County will handle allocation of the funds.
"Supporting education is a cause that we are passionate about here at Gale which has shown through in this employee-driven initiative," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. "This wouldn't have been possible without our friends at the Michigan State Library who opened our eyes to the education needs of the Flint Community and how we could help."
The money was raised through Gale employee-driven events, such as bake sales and car washes, which was matched by Gale's parent company, Cengage Learning. Gale also donated one year of free access to Miss Humblebee's Academy, which is available through the Flint Public Library to area libraries, schools and preschools.
Miss Humblebee's Academy is Gale's online early literacy program, designed to help better prepare children ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten. The easy-to-use, interactive and mobile-accessible solution offers hundreds of lessons across academic subjects along with weekly progress reports and assessments to measure proficiency and learning outcomes. Gale and the Michigan Electronic Library have partnered to train local librarians in using the product.
This initiative ran from April through July 2016 and is a part of Gale Cares, an overarching program representing Gale's various corporate social responsibility activities throughout the year.
For more information on Gale's advocacy efforts, please visit www.gale.com.
About Cengage Learning and Gale Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.