On August 26, 2013, science kits were donated to Philadelphia School District Science teachers as a result of two-week collection drive conducted by FMC Corporation employees. Thanks to a partnership with the Philadelphia Education Fund Math + Science Coalition, 125 kits will be delivered to science teachers this fall. Each of the kits contains “mystery powders” and will support educators who always spend much of their own money on classroom supplies.
To kick off the celebration, FMC executives “Raced for Education” on tricycles and discussed the importance of global sustainability, health and nutrition, and FMC’s operations leaders. Other executives from United Way’s strategic giving and the Franklin Institute were also in attendance.
“Teachers inspired many of our employees to pursue careers in science, math, technology, or engineering. Given the tremendous challenges faced by Philadelphia teachers, a resource like these science kits can help them to spark students’ curiosity and excitement about the world around them,” said Barbara Del Duke, FMC’s senior public affairs manager.
“Research shows that unless kids become hooked on science by eighth grade, they may never become interested. With tightening budgets and dwindling resources, many teachers are forced to pay for the microscopes, beakers, and other supplies for hands-on activities that can excite students about science,” said Don McKinney, Philadelphia Education Fund’s Math + Science Coalition.
The science kits are a part of FMC’s school supply collection drive. It served as the premier sponsor of the United Way’s Back-Pack-A-Thon for Cradles to Crayons. FMC employees joined hundreds of other corporate volunteers to fill 23,000 backpacks with school supplies for local children in need.
Science can be exciting and when students are engaged it can lead to a deepened interest. This new American economy seeks innovators and those who are able to successfully harness creative solutions. A greater understanding of math and science are some of the tools necessary to make this a reality for our students when they reach adulthood.
“United Way believes that education is the cornerstone of the individual and community success, and thanks to the generosity of FMC Corporation, we’re able to support community organizations that help students to learn the lessons that will shape their view their potential,” said Annie Madonia, Senior Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
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