Employees of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates surprised students, teachers and staff at their adopted school, Charles W. Fairbanks School 105, with a check for $3,029 on Thursday, Dec. 14. The donation is a dollar-for-dollar company match to the funds Indianapolis employees contributed to their United Way campaign.
Principal Paula Peterson plans use the donation to provide learning experiences her students might not otherwise be able to access.
“We are very excited to have a partnership with Great Lakes and thank them for being part of the ‘Fairbanks Family’,” said Peterson. “Their monetary donation is going to support PBIS and recess physical fitness activities for all of our students.”
Great Lakes is dedicated to improving lives through education. Amy Kerwin, Vice President – Community Investments, explained, “Our corporate philanthropy operates on multiple levels. Our national grantmaking is focused on seeing more underserved students earn postsecondary credentials or degrees. At the local level, through our Great Lakes Gives employee giving program, we help students at a school located near each of our offices get a strong start, improving their chances of accessing higher education. The company match is one of the ways we provide those schools with resources that can help change their students’ lives for the better.”
Kerwin noted that the connections Great Lakes forges with staff and students at School 105 go beyond dollars and cents. These relationships have been built through volunteer work; snack, book and school supply collection drives; and other activities.