Spirit Donates Arts Education Grant

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Some local students will be soaring to new heights, thanks to a Wichita aviation company.

Spirit AeroSystems awarded a $15,000 grant to ArtsPartners. ArtsPartners uses some of the money for four Wichita schools to help fund science, technology, engineering and math programs. The money will be divided between the schools to enhance student learning.

Brian Black, Spirit AeroSystems senior manager of global diversity and community relations, said the donation will give schools more tools to help students to think outside of the box.

“Since our business and our products are based on principles of math and science, Spirit AeroSystems was intrigued by the idea and jumped at the opportunity to support it,” Black said. “After all, we could very well be enhancing the learning experience of the next generation of Spirit AeroSystems employees."

The project will fund programs at Coleman Middle School, Jardine Technology Middle Magnet, Linwood Elementary School, and Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Magnet Elementary School.

Principal Lurajo Atherly, Jardine Technology Middle Magnet, said the schools could not afford these kinds of activities, without local support.

“We are going to use the money in classrooms so kids will have the opportunity to do things with their hands,” Atherly said. “That’s when you get the extended learning and that’s when it becomes relevant with kids and then information sticks with them.”

Arts Partners has worked with professional teaching artists and local arts organizations for 14 years.

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