OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that 41 schools and 13 school districts from across the country will be awarded grants for character-education initiatives for the 2010-2011 school year through the Sprint Character Education Grant Program. Grants will go to in-school programs that address and promote youth leadership, youth volunteerism, a positive school culture and drop-out prevention.
Now in its third year, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual schools to fund resources that facilitate and encourage character education among K-12 students. With a national reach, the program is open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts.
School districts will be awarded Sprint Foundation grants of up to $25,000 each, and individual schools will be awarded Sprint Foundation grants of up to $5,000. In total, the Sprint Foundation will be awarding more than $450,000 in grants for this program in 2010, bringing the three-year total to over $1.5 million.
"Teachers and administrators are already doing fantastic work in our schools, but all too often their passion and creativity has to be restrained by their limited financial resources," said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs for Sprint. "Through the Sprint Character Education Grant Program, the Sprint Foundation will provide crucial funding, allowing these educators to develop and execute character-education programs that will help these children become productive citizens."
Schools and districts applied for grants earlier this year in an open-application process. Applications were reviewed by an independent third-party panel, comprised of members of the Character Education community. All recipients were notified last week, and all 2010 grants will be awarded by early August.
A complete list of 2010 grant recipients can be found at www.sprint.com/educationgrants.
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About the Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided more than $110 million to community organizations across the country with a special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth development, arts and culture outreach, and Internet safety. Through direct grants and a robust matching-gifts program for employees and retirees, the Sprint Foundation creatively and thoughtfully delivers Sprint’s commitment to championing the communities where Sprint customers and employees live.
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