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Cox pledges $100,000 in matching funds to support STEAM projects in local schools

Cox will match up to $100,000 in community donations toward STEAM and sustainability-related DonorsChoose projects.
Okaloosa STEMM Academy students were on-hand showing off their skills and what they have been working on

Cox Enterprises is piloting a partnership with DonorsChoose, an education nonprofit empowering public school teachers to request essential classroom materials. 

  • The Cox Enterprises STEAM-Powered Classroom Challenge will match up to $100,000 in individual community contributions dollar-for-dollar on qualified STEAM and sustainability-related DonorsChoose projects in schools in under-resourced communities.  

In a statement from Cox, the company says they are “dedicated to empowering the next generation of STEAM leaders with diverse skills, the gifts of curiosity and innovation, and a passion for exploration and growth that will make our world a better place.”

  • DonorsChoose promotes access to education and ensures students in under-resourced communities have the tools they need to succeed. 

Starting Feb. 21, Cox will match public donations for classroom projects in schools where a majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The campaign will run for approximately two months or until all funds are distributed. The $100,000 donation will support classrooms in Okaloosa, Walton and Escambia counties, along with 9 outside regions.

Okaloosa STEMM Academy students were on-hand showing off their skills and what they have been working on

“Partnering with DonorsChoose on the one-to-one public match not only aligns with our ambitious goal to empower 34 million people in the next 10 years but also encourages people to contribute to their own communities,” said Maury Wolfe, vice president of corporate responsibility and social impact at Cox Enterprises. “Cox is committed to promoting access to education and ensuring students of all economic backgrounds have the resources they need to succeed.  This partnership is a great opportunity to encourage the next generation to embrace the power of creativity and innovation through STEAM classroom projects.”

Classroom teachers are encouraged to submit their STEM-related projects on DonorsChoose. There is no limit to the amount of money a particular market can receive.

“Every donation to DonorsChoose moves us closer to our mission,” said Alix Guerrier, CEO of DonorsChoose. “The partnership with Cox will help connect the public to schools in cities across the country and ensure students in low-income communities have experiences and tools for a great education.”

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