ADM Gives $2 Million to Support Central Illinois Education
DECATUR, Ill., Nov. 1, 2011 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced $2 million in education grants to Central Illinois schools and not-for-profit organizations. The funds will enable local students, teachers and the community-at-large to benefit from a range of programs and resources, including service-learning projects, new technology and improved facilities.
The new grants bring ADM’s total contributions to Illinois education to $3.3 million in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
“At a financially challenging time for local schools and school districts, ADM is once again making a significant investment to help enhance educational opportunities for students,” said Victoria Podesta, the company’s vice president and chief communications officer.
Among the initiatives being funded by ADM are those that:Provide opportunities for students to learn while serving their communities: ADM has earmarked $300,000 for projects that promote learning and skills-development through community service.Contribute to the physical renovation of Decatur’s high schools and middle schools: ADM is providing a total of $300,000 for various capital-improvement projects.Encourage local teachers to access professional-development opportunities that will directly benefit their students: ADM will make $50,000 in grants available to teachers to pursue continuing education or enrichment activities with direct, observable benefits for their classroom teaching.Furnish technology to enhance learning resources available to students in Macon County: A total of $300,000 will be provided to 14 Macon County school systems, including seven independent schools, for classroom technology purchases and upgrades.Support groups and institutions working to provide other valuable educational experiences to local students: ADM will donate $500,000 to more than three dozen civic, social-service and community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County, the Decatur Park District, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Junior Achievement and the YMCA.
2010 ADM Education Grant Results Highlighted
At a press conference at Eisenhower High School today, Podesta highlighted the impact of the initial $1.3 million in local education grants ADM announced one year ago. Programs and services provided by last year’s grant recipients benefited nearly 70,000 local students, she said.A $260,000 contribution to Decatur Public Schools made possible new Information Commons at Eisenhower and MacArthur High School libraries. The facilities feature technology centers outfitted with personal computers, interactive white boards and e-books. In addition, new music practice rooms have enhanced the school’s fine arts programs. Since their opening in September, these facilities have served more than 2,200 students.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County used a $50,000 ADM grant to provide community- and school-based mentoring for approximately 250 at-risk children between the ages of 6 and 18. A second $50,000 grant enabled Boys & Girls Clubs of Decatur to offer tutoring and after-school reading and computer-lab activities to nearly 500 children.A $30,000 grant to the Decatur Park District helped promote Read in the Park and Math Wizards, two enrichment programs designed to instill a love of reading and mathematical problem-solving in local students. More than 250 young people participated in the programs in the 2010-11 school year.
Local Employees Direct Support to Additional Community Agencies
ADM’s Decatur plant employees have directed approximately $50,000 of this year’s $2 million in grants to more than a dozen not-for-profit organizations working to combat hunger and disease and strengthen the social fabric of the greater Decatur community. Recipient organizations include Dove, which teaches children positive ways to cope with issues such as neglect and abuse; CHELP, a group that provides household assistance to seniors to enable them to continue living independently; and Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.