3M Corp., with a location in Greenville, made a surprise announcement in December to fund all STEM classroom projects in Greenville, Pickens and Laurens counties that were live on the classroom crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org as of Dec. 20. 3M made their announcement live at McKissick Academy of Science & Technology in Easley, Fountain Inn Elementary, and Hillcrest Middle School in Simpsonville.
“We’re stunned and very excited about 3M’s donation,” said John Eby, coordinator of communication for School District of Pickens County. “They’re going to open up learning opportunities for hundreds of students, and we’re excited to see what our teachers will be able to do.”
In all, close to 80 projects were funded around the country at 34 schools for projects in science, technology, engineering and math, totaling more than $50,000 of project supplies, Jim Fissette, 3M human resources manager, said in the news release. “These educational materials include technology like tablets, math manipulatives, Bee-Bots for the introduction to coding and more.”
This is the third year in a row that 3M has “flash funded” DonorsChoose.org projects for a given area. In 2017, 3M which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., surprised St. Paul Public Schools by funding their open projects and in 2018 3M extended this activity to Washington County, a neighboring St. Paul community, according to the release.
3M has partnered with DonorsChoose.org since 2014 and has donated more than $3.5 million to 5,500 different schools across the nation, the release said. The 3M manufacturing location in Greenville has supported local schools with approximately $60,000 in donorschoose.org donations over the last four years, impacting 66 schools, 133 teachers, and over 10,000 teachers, the release said.