Prairie State is committed to giving back to our community. Our company’s modest charitable contributions program focuses on aiding local youth organizations, promoting economic development and enhancing environmental stewardship.
One of our sponsored organizations hits a little closer to home for us. Located in Marissa, School District #40 provides K-12 education for over 550 students. Many of these students are living below the poverty line, and most school programs do not receive public funding.
This school year, the Marissa Elementary School sought out partnerships with local businesses to help fund their technology program and the creation of an Innovation Lab. Through the Donors Choose website, Prairie State’s donation was matched by Google, which allowed the school district to purchase 24 Chromebooks and five iPads. These devices will allow students to incorporate technology in their learning.
The teacher behind the Innovation Lab, Ms. Bennett, said, “I can’t thank Prairie State enough! These Chromebooks will not only be used in our Innovation Lab, but they can also be checked out by teachers for technology-based lessons. We will use the iPads to record projects using our new green screen, code using our robots, and learn basic skills using our Osmo educational kits. Prairie State has helped make learning come alive here at Marissa Elementary School!”
As a company owned by public power, Prairie State embraces the opportunity to bring value to our community and was proud to support the technology program at Marissa Elementary School.