By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor
Thanks to a grant program by Tyson Foods, teachers in the Campbell County School District can apply for individual classroom project grants of up to $1,000 for a total of $26,388 set aside for the district.
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Tyson Foods has announced it will fund teachers’ projects in 37 communities where the company has plants. One of those plants, a prepared food plant, is located within the Campbell County School District.
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"We have a responsibility to support our communities in a variety of ways, including equipping our teachers with the resources they need as an effective way to support education," said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods.
Tyson is partnering with DonorsChoose.org, a crowd funding platform designed to provide funding for public school teachers. Founded by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 3.7 million people and partners have given $840 million to classroom projects using the platform.
"Through the DonorsChoose.org model, teachers can focus on the individual needs of their classrooms, and students can experience new or better ways to learn," said Vernon.
Tyson also set aside $50,000 in funding for the school community associated with their corporate office in Springdale, Arkansas. This is not the first such program by Tyson and DonorsChoose. Last year, the company gave $150,000 to the Gibson County School District in Tennessee when it broke ground for a new chicken processing plant there.
The Tyson corporation is one of the world’s largest food companies and includes Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park® and other well-known brands.
The Campbell County plant is located at 1099 Bob Huber Drive in Alexandria.