BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF
Irving, Texas. October 9, 2012 –
Today at Crockett Middle School, MoneyGram donated $30,000 to the Communities in Schools Dallas Region “Girls Exploring Math and Science” program, which will add the program to an additional school and directly reach 150 Dallas-area female students.
The GEMS program will be available at the following six schools: Ann Richards Middle School (Dallas ISD), Bowie Middle School (Irving ISD), Crockett Middle School (Irving ISD), Frankford Middle School (Plano ISD), Lancaster Middle School (Lancaster ISD), and Richardson West Junior High School (Richardson ISD).
The donation is part of a $230,000 global commitment to educational initiatives, marking the launch of the global MoneyGram Foundation.
MoneyGram has a long history of giving to worthy causes. Since 2006, MoneyGram has donated approximately $500,000 annually through our Global Giving program. Our philanthropic efforts have now evolved into establishing our MoneyGram Foundation. With its guiding principle, “Inspiring minds. Improving lives,” the focus of the MoneyGram Foundation is rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families, and individual freedom and empowerment. The Foundation will fund programs that provide educational resources and basic school supplies to millions of school-age children around the world.
“The students who are most successful in school – and later in life – are the ones who are inspired by their subjects, and encouraged by their teachers, parents, and communities to remain curious about the world around them,” said Pamela H. Patsley, chairman and chief executive officer of MoneyGram. “Communities In Schools Dallas Region’s GEMS program is a great example of how one organization can have a tremendous impact on the future of children through education.”
Students in the GEMS program are offered classroom and experiential learning opportunities to strengthen interest and skills in the important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academic areas, which will create more future career options and better opportunities.
“This contribution from MoneyGram will directly support improvement in math, science, and the use of technology by middle school girls in the Dallas region,” noted Sandra G. Chavarria, president and chief executive officer of CISDR. “We could not be more grateful for their donation, as it will make a meaningful difference in the lives and futures of the young girls in our program.”
To learn more about The MoneyGram Foundation and the projects supported, organizations can visit moneygramfoundation.com. The website also can be accessed by visiting moneygram.com and clicking on “Global Giving.” Information about how to apply for grants for the 2013 award period is available under the “Grants” tab of the website.
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