ING Foundation Presents $10,000 Grant to Gordon Elementary School for Library Enhancements

December 18, 2007 Coatesville, PA Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

The ING Foundation presented a $10,000 grant today to Gordon Elementary School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, for enhancements to its school library. The grant will be used to purchase non-fiction and fiction books, a student discovery version of World Book Encyclopedia and a complete set of the print version of World Book. In addition, the school will improve its technology with the use of Qwizdom, an interactive remote response system that makes learning more engaging for students.

“ING is committed to children’s education, and helping the school to create a more comprehensive library will offer students and teachers the resources they need to be more successful,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and head of Community Relations for ING Americas. “Employees at our West Chester, Pennsylvania, office have a four-year relationship with the school as active volunteers, so we have a personal interest and responsibility to positively impact student achievement.” As a supplement to the grant, the ING West Chester office donated a laptop for the library.

Nearly 240 students, teachers and ING executives gathered in the school’s auditorium for the check and laptop presentation. Amy Renzi, ING regional vice president and employee volunteer at Gordon Elementary School, presented the check on behalf of the ING Foundation to Dr. Marie Walker, the school’s principal.

“We are extremely thankful to the ING Foundation for this grant and to the company’s employees for their dedication to our students,” said Dr. Walker. “Providing a strong library is critical to education, and our partnership with ING is an example of the important role businesses can play in the effort to close the gap in student achievement.”

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About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to more than 75 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of over 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

In the U.S., the ING family of companies offer a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients which include life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 14 million customers across the nation.

About the ING Foundation

The ING Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on sustainable programs in the areas of financial literacy, children’s education and diversity.

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