RESOURCE AREA FOR TEACHING (RAFT) RECEIVES $10,000 DONATION FROM FLEXTRONICS FOR HANDS-ON LEARNING STEM EDUCATION
L to R: Sherri Shaner, RAFT Director of Development; Mary Simon, RAFT Executive Director; Thomas Ezrin, VP Global Total Rewards and Corporate Sustainability at Flextronics
RAFT repurposes or “up-cycles” materials donated by local businesses into pre-packaged Activity Kits that facilitate hands-on learning for students of Math, Science and other subjects. RAFT’s business model supports educators, students, and the planet by keeping items out of landfills, converting them into engaging activities that immerse students in the learning process.
Flextronics has awarded a total of $45,000 in grants to RAFT since 2008. Mary Simon, Executive Director and Founder of RAFT, voiced the impact of this donation by saying, “Over the years, Flextronics’ generosity has been invaluable in helping RAFT serve the needs of Bay Area educators and their students.”
“Flextronics is proud of our long-standing relationship with RAFT,” said Thomas Ezrin, senior vice president, Global Total Rewards and Corporate Sustainability at Flextronics. “We strongly support the great work that RAFT does toward science and math education in our communities, and take pride in providing support to such an important cause.”
Award funds were presented to RAFT on December 20, at RAFT Headquarters in San Jose, California.
Flextronics supports a range of community development efforts, including initiatives that improve education and the environment, among others. The Flextronics Foundation was established in 2002 and serves as a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world.
RAFT serves more than 10,000 educators in classrooms, home-school settings, and after-school and community-based programs with products (Idea Sheets and Activity Kits), professional development, and affordable teaching supplies to enrich and improve the education of over 825,000 young people each year. RAFT Activity Kits and Idea Sheets are based on the nationally adopted curriculum standards and cover a range of grade levels and subjects.