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.
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.