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9.16 Mercedes-Benz USA Donates $340,000 to Support Atlanta Public Schools for 2020-2021 School Year
ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Ian Smith, Executive Director
Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2020
Mercedes-Benz USA Donates $340,000 to Support Atlanta Public Schools for 2020-2021 School Year
Donation assists District’s Coronavirus prevention efforts and supports programming at L.P. Miles Elementary and Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy
ATLANTA — Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) will bolster its support of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) with a $340,000 donation as the District enters the 2020-2021 school year.
MBUSA’s donations will support the following areas:
- APS District-wide coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts during the 2020-2021 school year, which include, but is not limited to virtual learning, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) incentives, teacher support, emergency funding, and school supplies.
- L.P. Miles Elementary School for personal protection equipment (PPE) materials and supplies for virtual learning, Social Emotional Learning/School Culture support, 21st century media center furniture with docking stations.
- Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy in support of the school’s STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). MBUSA has supported Hollis Innovation Academy with annual donations and volunteerism since the school’s founding in 2016-2017.
- Communities in Schools, a local non-profit organization, for onsite coordination of wraparound services such as counselors, social workers, and community health/wellness support services directly impacting L.P. Miles Elementary School.
Throughout the school year, MBUSA will take part in district-wide appropriate, curated volunteer engagement opportunities – virtually and in-person – that follow COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“During these uncertain times, we’re grateful for partners like Mercedes-Benz USA, who are committed to providing unwavering support to our students and faculty,” APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring said. “Not only did Mercedes-Benz USA help us launch our school year, but we are thrilled about their continued efforts to support us as we journey through this unprecedented school year.”
The company helped APS kick off the year in support of the District’s Pop-Up Back to School Bash events via a donation of 1,600 backpacks to students. MBUSA provided a fleet of vehicles to assist in distributing the donated backpacks to Miles Elementary School parents and students, in a low-contact drive-through event at the school. All faculty, staff and Mercedes-Benz USA volunteers followed recommended safety guidelines during the drive-through event, an extension of the company’s Curbside Caring initiative, an extension of its Greatness Lives Here program.
(Photos and b-roll of the Pop-Up Back to School Bash events can be found here.)
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 52,000 students across 87 schools. The District is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 58 traditional schools, 18 charter schools, six partner schools, two citywide single-gender academies and three alternative programs. To learn more about Atlanta Public Schools, follow us on social media – Twitter (@apsupdate), Facebook (Atlanta Public Schools), and Instagram (apsupdate) – or visit us online at www.atlantapublicschools.us.
About the Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), the sales and marketing arm for Mercedes-Benz in the United States and headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States from the sporty A-Class sedan to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
MBUSA’s philanthropic efforts are focused on youth education and empowerment. On a national level, the company supports Laureus Sport for Good which uses sports to help at-risk youth and the Johnny Mac Soldier’s Fund which provides scholarships to children of the fallen military.
In Atlanta, MBUSA is involved with more than 50 organizations in its effort to educate and empower the next generation to achieve success and address local needs in its community, particularly Atlanta’s Westside, the area surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that includes under-resourced neighborhoods. MBUSA has won numerous awards for its community efforts including, A Gold Stevie® Award for its Greatness Lives Here campaign, Corporate Champion Tree recognition from Trees Atlanta and a Community Impact Award from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Accredited journalists can visit our media site at www.media.mbusa.com.