New York, NY - August 18, 2011
TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, and UNC Charlotte today announced a partnership to provide educational support to over 4700 students and 500 faculty members at Governor’s Village schools. Opened in 1996, Governors Village is home to four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS): John M. Morehead STEM Academy, Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, James Martin Middle, and Zebulon B. Vance High.
Working together with CMS to identify the specific needs of the Governor’s Village schools, TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte have partnered to develop a number of programs and initiatives that will take place throughout the school year, including:
“TIAA-CREF is dedicated to education and committed to supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Charlotte-based Gene Flood, Executive Vice President of Diversified Financial Services. “We are proud to partner with UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte school system to adopt these four schools to ensure that the students and teachers have the tools they need to be successful.”
“UNC Charlotte has a long-standing relationship with TIAA-CREF and we’ve made Governor’s Village an important part of our community outreach priorities,” said Mary Lynne Calhoun, dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Education “Through our combined volunteer time and resources, this partnership is about removing educational barriers to help deserving students achieve their full potential”
“We are grateful for the partnership and commitment from TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte,” said interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh. “Our students in the Governor’s Village can benefit tremendously from this initiative.”
TIAA-CREF also announced that it had donated approximately 500 personal computers to the Governor’s Village schools. The donated computers support TIAA-CREF’s belief that students should have access to technology and information for educational development and learning purposes.
In addition, TIAA-CREF donated school supplies for the Governor’s Village schools in the company’s annual “Backpacks and Knapsacks School-Supply Drive”. TIAA-CREF's "Backpacks and Knapsacks" program is a school supply effort championed by employees to support education through their donation of pencils, paper, backpacks and crayons for local schoolchildren.
Additionally, in advance of the start of the school year, dozens of TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte volunteers assisted in the beautification of the Governor’s Village schools campuses to prepare for the arrival of faculty and schoolchildren.
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