Eddie Mannis, CEO of Prestige Cleaners observes a student doing a computer exercise at John Sevier Elementary School in Blount County after presenting a check to the three school system foundations for $3,000.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo announced four schools in Knox County and one in Oak Ridge have received grants this year totaling $9,945.00 through the company’s philanthropy Project Classroom.
The donations enabled these schools to purchase supplies and equipment not included in their budgets. According to Eddie Mannis, President of Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, "Project Classroom is a philanthropic effort that is very important to us at Prestige. There is not a more critical issue in our community than the education of our young people and it’s important to us that the dollars from this program can go directly into the classroom. Education is the backbone of our community, state and country for we are training the workforce and the leaders of the future. How successful we are in the future depends on how well we educate, motivate and inspire the young people of today."
Following are the 2014 Project Classroom grant recipients for Knox County and Oak Ridge.
• A $2,332 grant to Inskip Elementary School to establish an anti-bullying program.
• A $2,499 grant to Ridgedale School to purchase IPads for students with autism and other intellectual disabilities to use as communication devices
• A $2,500 grant to Farragut High School to purchase a 3D printer to enhance the STEM program.
• A $1,252 grant to Halls High School to purchase equipment to establish a new physics program.
• A $1,380 grant to Oak Ridge High School to purchase 92 site licenses for software to serve a variety of courses in the school’s Business Academy.
Prestige Cleaners established Project Classroom in 2007. Prior to the most recent grants the company had donated over $105,000 to area schools.
Grant applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be distributed to public schools in the fall.