ATLANTA, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As cuts to education continue to take their toll on schools, The Krystal® Company's Squaring is Caring campaign and The Krystal Foundation are remaining steadfast to the mission of supporting STEAM and other enrichment programs by awarding nine additional grants totaling more than $10,000. This recent round of grant awards is the third installment for the Foundation, which was initiated to strengthen, enhance and enrich the neighborhood schools and families throughout the states in which Krystal has a presence. To date, The Krystal Foundation has donated more than $53,000 after its first year of awarding grants.
"It is exciting to see the types of programs that these students want to pursue. From robotics to sustainable gardens to coding, The Krystal Foundation is encouraging children to be future scientists and change makers," said Angela Johnson, a Krystal Foundation board member and Director of Marketing Communications for The Krystal Company. "The fact that these schools are all in communities that we serve makes it even more rewarding. It's also becoming more evident that we need to continue the work we're doing at the Foundation, so we may provide even more opportunities to other deserving students."
The Krystal Foundation program launched in 2016 with the goal of providing much-needed funding for educational "enrichment" programs such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, music & the performing arts, culinary instruction and various sports activities. The nine schools and programs in the 2017 Foundation grant program will each be receiving varying grant amounts, up to $5000, for a wide spectrum of school-based initiatives. Highlights in this current class of grant winners include:
- A STEM club that wants to build a water collection device for their school's sustainable garden
- A high school that wants to purchase materials for their Biometrics/Neuroengineering class
- An elementary school that would like to fund a Makerspace Area, which will allow students to explore computer programming
Other schools and programs will be applying their grant dollars towards a wide variety of hands-on, interactive tools and activities for STEAM learning and cross-discipline teaching technologies. These groups, along with the help of the Krystal Foundation, are paving the way for other students to enjoy the same programs and tools needed to enhance their educational experience.
"Many of the programs that we are supporting have long-lasting benefits," added Johnson. "We admire how forward-thinking the applicants were with their requests, which will allow current and future students to take advantage of these resources."
To review the complete list of 2017 The Krystal Foundation grant winners, visit www.thekrystalfoundation.com.
About The Krystal Company
Founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1932, The Krystal Company is the oldest quick service restaurant chain in the South. Its hamburgers are still served fresh and hot off the grill on the iconic square bun at more than 360 restaurants in 11 states. Krystal's Atlanta-based Restaurant Support Center serves a team of 6,000 employees. For more information, visit http://www.Krystal.com or http://www.facebook.com/Krystal or follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram @Krystal.
About The Krystal Foundation
Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016, The Krystal Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to strengthen, enhance and enrich Krystal's neighborhood schools and families. The foundation provides need-based grants to communities in their 11 states, which have extracurricular program elimination or cutback. The foundation will support programs that are focused in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), culinary arts, music, and sports. For more information, visit www.TheKrystalFoundation.com or http://www.facebook.com/Krystal or follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram @Krystal.
SOURCE The Krystal Company