The grant will support the organization’s work in seven metro areas, including Charlotte. Teach For America recruits and develops recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need urban and rural schools.
In the 2011-12 school year, more than 200 Teach For America corps members are reaching 14,000 students in high-need area schools. Another 235 alumni are working across Charlotte to help ensure that more children have access to an excellent education.
“We’re grateful for Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s continued support of our efforts to build the force of leaders working to expand educational opportunity in Charlotte,” said Tim Hurley, executive director of Teach For America – Charlotte. “Lowe’s generosity will enable more Teach For America corps members and alumni to join other dedicated educators as they lead students to fulfill their true potential.”
More than 9,000 Teach For America corps members are teaching in 43 regions across the country, reaching more than 600,000 students.
“The future of our country is being formed in classrooms across the nation every day,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “As part of our strong commitment to education, Lowe’s is proud to support Teach for America’s work to bring a quality education to students who will become our future leaders.”
The $1 million investment brings Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s total giving to Teach For America to $2.25 million since 2010.