(Seguin) -- The Continental Automotive Systems plant in Seguin is showing its support for public education in the Seguin area.Students in both the Seguin and Navarro independent school districts will benefit from recent donations made by the local manufacturer of automotive electronics.
First, Continental stepped up to help provide even more educational grants to classrooms throughout the Navarro ISD. Continental recently presented members of the Navarro Education Foundation with a check for $5,000. The check was an added bonus for the group and awarded just prior to its annual Duck Fest and Rubber Duck Race fundraiser held in downtown Seguin at Walnut Springs Park.
NEF President Katie Clark says it was nice to receive the donation on top of everything else that continues to be raised by the group.
"We've had lots of $500 sponsors and $1,000 and $2,000 sponsors so far our pledges for this year for the fall grants -- just from our sponsors is $32,000 of sponsorships before we float ducks at Duck Fest," said Clark.
NEF Treasurer Nancy Perryman says even with the school year ending, the group remains focused on the grants that it hopes to distribute this coming fall.
"Well, $5,000 can go a long way toward classroom grants. We open up the classroom grant process in September/late August and so teachers are welcome to apply for grants for anything they need in their classroom that may not be included in the budget and so the grant maximum is $1,500 so potentially $5,000 -- so you could do, I mean a lot of them are about $1,000 -- so five different grants. The grants (include) Chrome Books and ipads have been a great deal but we've also branched out because we just didn't want to do technology so the field trips that Katie spoke of are a really big deal. There are so many other learning opportunities besides technology," said Perryman.
Second, Continental has chosen to share its generosity with the Seguin ISD. The school district was awarded $2,500 to support it's existing robotics program. Superintendent Dr. Matthew Gutierrez says it is thankful to Continental for this latest gift.
"We always want to expand on what we are currently doing for students and of course, finances are always a challenge and we understand that providing students with this experience will prepare them for a variety of career options especially right here in Seguin with Continental in looking at all of the robotics that are involved here and making sure that we can help support our community's initiative to develop a pipeline for our industries in Seguin but even beyond Seguin and as I said, we are always looking at ways to expand our current programming and with $2,5000, we will be able to provide more tools to our robotics programs for elementary through high school," said Gutierrez.
Presenting the checks to the local districts was Plant Manager Scott Williams, Ishmael Flores, Seguin ISD board member and Continental information technology manager and Eric Garza-Colvin, human resources manager.