WM elementary school gets $20,000 check for science, technology
By Billy Woods West Memphis School District
The Bosch Power Tool Corporation has stepped up for the community and Faulk Elementary in a big way since the closure of Crittenden Regional Hospital. The West Memphis School District’s Partners In Education program has several strong relationships between the business community and the local schools, but none stronger than the one Faulk enjoys with Bosch. On Tuesday, Bosch representatives awarded a $20,000 check for a grant the school will use toward science and technology. “We found that there was a need here (at Faulk) and we jumped at the opportunity,” explained Vince Longshore, director of physical distribution at Bosch. “It’s something that we do, not only as members of this community, but going back to our founder, Robert Bosch, who was great at supporting education, but programs like STEM. He was very visionary in trying to give back to the community.” The grant that was initially applied for by Faulk principal Janice Donald was for $7,500, but was eventually raised to $20,000. “We received an e-mail from Bosch, inviting us to apply for this grant,” Donald said. “We are extremely grateful for all the people at Bosch because they have stepped in and exceeded all our expectations as a Partner In Education.” Faulk’s Partner for over 10 years was CRH, but with the closing it left the school without a formal Partner. Up stepped Bosch representatives Longshore and Marion Littlejohn. “We found an opportunity here to utilize some funds,” Longshore added. “We solicited the need with our company and expressed our involvement with Faulk and our company jumped at the opportunity to participate.” In just one year’s time, Bosch has become very active in Faulk activities, including donating hot dogs at the school’s Fall Festival last month as well as sponsoring the school’s Angel Tree program at Christmas. “We are going to provide a science lab each week for our students with the new equipment we’ll be getting,” Donald added. “Everything we do Bosch wants to have a hand in it. They’ve been a huge blessing for the kids and our school.” The grant will run from now until September of 2016.