Colonial Life took a stand for education earlier this week when it awarded $25,000 to 35 Richland 1 teachers through its Strong Schools Grant program.
The program supports teachers who have innovative ideas for increasing student engagement. Teachers applied for the grants of up to $1,000 each to purchase equipment and technology for science, technology, engineering, arts and math courses.
“Many teachers in our communities have great ideas for different approaches to learning, but sometimes they lack the resources to put their ideas into action,” said Marie McGehee, Colonial Life manager of community relations. “Our hope is these mini-grants to outstanding teachers will help prepare the next generation of our community’s workforce.”
Giving with a heart
The funds were raised through the company’s Midlands Heart Walk Campaign, customer contributions and other fundraising events.
“We are honored to work with companies committed to the mission of the AHA, like BI-LO,” said Valerie Bridges, the American Heart Association’s executive director. “Their support of the Midlands Heart Walk helps us build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke right here in the Midlands.”
The association reports that nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease each day.
“BI-LO is privileged to support the American Heart Association and their efforts to make the Midlands a heart-healthy community,” said Sam Blaiss, vice president of BI-LO’s Columbia Region. “We are thankful for the generosity of our associates and customers who have supported the AHA and the Midlands Heart Walk campaigns with us since 2011.”
Salvation Army Christmas assistance
Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-3p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Those applying for assistance will need a picture ID for all household members, proof of age for each child age 12 and under, proof of all household income for the past 30 days and proof of all household expenses paid in the past 30 days. Anyone age 18 or older and receiving no income must show proof of zero wage statement from the unemployment office.
No children will be allowed in the fairground buildings during registration.
The Salvation Army in Columbia serves Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield and Kershaw counties.
For more information, contact, Melani Miller at (803) 309-6421.