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Time Warner Cable Donates $35,000 to Support Service Learning in Maine Schools

April 14th, 2010

AUGUSTA – The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) today announced a $35,000 donation from Time Warner Cable that will support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Service Learning projects in Maine schools. “This generous donation will allow us to leverage federal dollars coming into the state dollar for dollar, making the impact of this contribution all the more significant for Maine’s school children,“ said Michael Ashmore, Grants Officer at MCCS.  In addition to larger awards of $10,000 there will be five $1,000 awards available for teachers just getting their feet wet with Service Learning.

Time Warner Cable donated the funding as part of its new science and technology education initiative, Connect a Million Minds (CAMM). Time Warner Cable launched CAMM last fall to introduce youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. More information is available at www.connectamillionminds.com. Time Warner Cable is the largest provider of cable and broadband services in Maine.

 “A recent statistic from the National Science Foundation found that 80 percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills, yet there is a declining interest in these subjects among 84 percent of middle school students,” said Keith Burkley, Regional Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable New England. “As a company rooted in innovation, it’s clear to us that there is an immediate need to engage and encourage youth to develop those skills. This contribution will have a direct impact on STEM education in Maine schools by funding hands-on projects that teach valuable skills in science and technology.”

Schools will be able to apply for grant funds this spring through the Maine Commission for Community Service. Interested parties should read their local paper and visit www.maineservicecommission.gov for details. At the request of the Maine Department of Education, MCCS will take over responsibility for federal Learn & Serve funds this summer.  “We are thrilled to embark on this new assignment with the additional support of Time Warner’s donation,” said Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director of MCCS.

“This is our second year working with Time Warner Cable to engage citizens of all ages in community service,” says Rochelle Runge, Public Relations Officer for MCCS. “Because of their support in 2009 Maine students are currently working on a variety of Service Learning projects, including building a green house, weatherizing homes, and a community bicycle project.” Among other initiatives Time Warner Cable supported the 2009 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards and created a PSA designed to encourage Maine people to volunteer. 

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine 's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media Sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com/northeast