Arkema Fund for Education Supports Two Projects in the U.S.
In 2020, eight projects from around the world were selected by an international panel of Arkema representatives to share in the allocated fund. Here is a snapshot of the two U.S. projects that will receive funding:
Pequea Valley School District’s C.O.R.E. Program
Tim Malloy, Business Continuity and Tolling Manager at Sartomer, works at the Exton site and serves on the Pequea Valley School Board, a small district located in rural Lancaster, Pa. He submitted for the fund to support the district’s C.O.R.E. program. This program is dedicated to improving the future employability of at-risk students through alternative, experiential education. C.O.R.E.’s curriculum integrates core academic subjects into a varied array of hands-on activities, like designing t-shirts and brochures, assembling machinery and sheds, and touring local colleges and businesses.
“For many years, high schools have directed young adults to higher education in order for them to become more marketable in entering the workforce,” said Malloy. “This has left a large void of skilled candidates for employment in our community, and through the C.O.R.E. program we strive to prepare more young people for meaningful careers. We greatly appreciate Arkema’s support which will help more students access the program.”
The Arkema funds will allow the District to expand the C.O.R.E program by purchasing more equipment for students to utilize, as well as supplies for future projects in the community.
Asha-Jyothi’s Pa. Chapter
Priyalakshmi Bhuvanendran, Sr. Analyst, Supply Chain Applications at Arkema Inc., works at the King of Prussia site. She submitted the Pa. chapter of Asha-Jyothi, a volunteer based non-profit organization focused on addressing the needs of underprivileged people in India by giving them access to education and healthcare. The organization’s mission is guided by Asha-Jyothi’s core values of strength, commitment, collaboration and integrity.
Over the last three years, Priyalakshmi and her daughter have organized fundraisers for the organization such as a race with 300 participants and initiatives with local Pa. school districts. They often personally identify community needs while on trips to India.
“Asha-Jyothi provides remote communities in India with basic necessities such as toilets and water filtration, among many other essentials,” said Bhuvanendran. “Arkema’s funds will help improve the lives of many people in these rural areas.”
The funds will support the installation of a water filtration system, an audio system and the construction of washrooms for girls at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayam School in Krosur, India.
Since the launch of the Arkema Fund for Education, 48 projects have received the award. The projects have been in 15 countries, including 10 countries where the Group operates. Through its various philanthropic initiatives, Arkema supports programs around the world that are aligned with its values of solidarity and accountability. Learn more.