Providing Student Necessities
The high school, located at Edgecome Avenue and 125th Street in New York City, had been beset with a severe shortage of materials, supplies, desks and chairs, and a record of persistently low student achievement, until 2010 when it was assumed by the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a Harlem-based, not-for-profit community and economic development organization. Though things have improved at the school in recent years, there is still more that can be done.
The grant will ensure that the school’s 500-plus students have access to books, technology software and hardware to support the curriculum. Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, announced the grant during ADC's Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast.
"The Abyssinian Development Corporation shares Coca-Cola's passion for education—for making sure today's young people get a strong start in life," Kent said during the announcement of the grant. "It is our most profound desire, in all we do, to create value and make a lasting, positive difference for individuals and families in this community and around the world."
Recognition of Community-Building Commitment
During the breakfast event, ADC also awarded Kent the Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Award, recognizing his global commitment to building sustainable communities. ADC—the only community-based organization designated as an Educational Partnership Organization by the U.S. Department of Education—also operates Abyssinian Head Start and sponsors the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change.
The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation have a legacy of supporting educational programs dating back to the Company's beginning. In 2011, Coca-Cola invested more than $19 million in educational initiatives to support academic scholarships, first-generation college scholarships, mentoring, school drop-out prevention, and reading and literacy education programs.
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