"Through strategic social investment we hope to improve long-term business prospects by supporting societies where business can flourish," John Walenta of Caterpillar Inc. said in a prepared statement. "The Caterpillar Foundation grant of $5,000 to Danville Schools is aimed at improving the engagement and education of students through increased access to electronic communications."
Donations are crucial to cover projects that aren't supported by the school's general budget. If Danville High School seniors choose to further their education, a $100 scholarship will be awarded to them. Superintendent Bob Rowland said this is an example of how the foundation will benefit all students.
"The scholarship support for this year's graduates is only a small beginning, but it sends a clear message ... that we care about their education and value their future," said Mike Perros, president of the foundation.
Expand and enrich
The 16-member volunteer board wants to expand and create enrichment programs such as Danville Kids' University; youth leadership activities; service learning projects; tutoring, mentoring and job shadowing opportunities; activities that promote appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds; and field trips to museums, cultural events, manufacturing plants and artist studios.
Perros said the longevity of the foundation will rely heavily on alumni contributions and support from the community. "We're not about bricks and mortar like a lot of foundations are," Perros said.
Rowland said donors can specify how they would like to see their contributions used. The foundation takes donations in the form of cash, bequests, life insurance policies, appreciated securities, personal properties and charitable trusts. To make a donation, call the Danville Board of Education at (859) 238-1300; or send to Danville Schools Education Foundation Inc., 152 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Danville, KY 40422.