The Lexington School District One Educational Foundation announced a $30,000 commitment from Michelin North America, Inc. at the district's board meeting Tuesday, in support of robotics education. Foundation executive director Julie Anderson Washburn thanked the corporate leaders from Michelin for their continued commitment to investing in the students' STEM education through their generous donation.
The gift will be a three-year investment to support the Lex One VEX robotics teams through team sponsorship. There are currently seven teams at the middle and high schools within the district that compete in VEX robotics competitions.
Washburn said they are very appreciative of Michelin's generosity. "This continued partnership is a terrific example of a locally-based, international corporation having an immensely positive impact on our students through its financial investments in their education," she said.
Lisa Hayes, former Michelin North America, Inc., Lexington, SC Site Director, said they have seen the impact donations can make on the students from previous years of contributing.
"As we see more automation and robotics in our everyday lives, we must prepare by ensuring our students are ready and able to take us into the future," she said. "Michelin places great importance on its relationships with stakeholders, notably strengthening ties with the communities where we live and work. With that in mind, we are very excited to continue our partnership with the Lexington District One Educational Foundation on this initiative."
The recent gift solidifies a six-year, $60,000 investment from Michelin North America, Inc., and the Lexington site will have made in the Educational Foundation to support the district's robotics education.
The teams that will benefit include Lexington Technology Center/Lexington High (combined team), River Bluff High, White Knoll High, Beechwood Middle, Lexington Middle, Pleasant Hill Middle and White Knoll Middle.