TOYOTA – Bodine Aluminum has made a $50,000 commitment to the Lincoln County R3 Education Foundation to support technology. Bodine General Manager Terry Henderson and Corporate Affairs Specialist Kathryn Ragsdale delivered the first $10,000 installment to Lincoln County R-III Superintendent Mark Penny, Education Foundation President Tracy Black and members Lauren Fast and Robb Krieg. Henderson believes manufacturing technology is critical for production at Bodine.
“Technology has changed the face of manufacturing and now provides high paying wages for careers in advanced manufacturing. Through a partnership with the R3 Education Foundation, we expect to provide students tools that capture their interest, build their problem solving skills and generate a desire for knowledge in the area of technology,” Henderson said.
Bodine Aluminum’s donation will benefit students for the next five years. Penny said their donation will be used to develop to enhance existing programs and technology and possibly develop new programs, too.
“We are incredibly appreciative of Bodine Aluminum’s generosity. We have some exciting programs and courses in our district. Witnessing the classroom engagement is all it takes to know we’re on the right track,” he said.
Penny thanked the R3 Education Foundation’s role in securing the grant from Bodine Aluminum and being the vehicle that allowed such a donation.
Prior to 2013, the Lincoln County R3 Education Foundation did not exist, which limited the Lincoln County R-III District’s ability to accept tax deductible donations and apply for certain grants and outside funding.
To date, the Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation has received $175,000 in commitments from a number of contributors to enhance the educational experience for students of the Lincoln County R-III School District. In August 2013, the Foundation awarded their first grants in the amount of $32,500, which impacted 1,200 students in the school district.