Communications corporation AT&T Michigan donated $10,000 to Lansing public schools to purchase school supplies and student prep materials to improve test scores.
The donation was presented by Ruth Goddard, external affairs manager for AT&T Michigan, at the Lansing School District Board of Education meeting on Feb. 20 at the Partington Administration Building.
The donation officially goes to Lansing Education Advancement Foundation, an organization that receives donations and resources to distribute to the Lansing public schools.
LEAF representative and Lansing school district teacher Anne Goudie said the donatio
n will be divided into $5,000 to purchase graphing calculators, $2,500 for ACT tutorial materials and $2,500 to fund Advanced Placement tests for those in need.
The most popular graphing calculator from Google shopping, Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus, was priced at $99.99. With the donation, the school district will be able to purchase up to 50 calculators.
Goudie focused on the impact the money earmarked for testing could have. Most colleges across the country, including Michigan State University, accept Advanced Placement credits, giving students the opportunity to earn college credits beforehand.
“So (now) that they have taken those wonderful classes, they’ll be able to go on to get the college credits they deserve,” Goudie said.
According to the Michigan Department of Education, an Advanced Placement test costs $20 per test, which means the donation will pay for 125 tests.
Goddard, whose three children graduated from Lansing public schools, said she is looking at the bigger picture. She said the need to improve education opportunities is an investment in bettering the future of the state.
“Of course everyone is concerned about education and students finishing high school,” Goddard said. “We look at it as, yes that’s a must, and one of the reasons is those are our leaders of tomorrow, and we need to make sure they are ready to take on that challenge.”
Goddard said AT&T donated close to $900,000 in the last two years to various projects and organizations around the state that benefit students.
“AT&T is very committed to education and ensuring that students complete high school, that they have on time grade promotion throughout their high school career (and) that they are ready for college or the work force,” Goddard said.