In a recent awards ceremony at Coulter Grove Intermediate School, the Maryville City Schools Foundation (MCSF) recognized major donors providing ongoing support for the foundation’s educational programs. DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. received the Founders Award honoring the company and its employee support since 1991. MCSF executive director Barbara Jenkins thanked DENSO for its financial contributions totaling more than $407,000 since 1991.
“DENSO gave an initial contribution of $75,000 to the Foundation during the year it was founded to launch the organization and its mission to support educational excellence and innovation for the students of Maryville City Schools,” explained Ms. Jenkins. “The contribution not only helped with start-up costs but helped fund grants to schools in 1991 and 1992 totaling $90,000.
“Elementary schools received math and science kits and the Maryville High School library received $50,000 to purchase an information system,” she continued. “Today we are honored to recognize DENSO with the first Founders Award.”
DENSO Senior Vice President Mike Brackett, accepting the award for the company, commended the foundation’s efforts to help fund school programs, the classroom teacher and educational tools for students. “We have witnessed how much you have excelled in providing that kind of help – above and beyond what we thought possible,” he stated. “We will always share the values that you have to help our youth and the teachers dedicated to them.”
“These values include support for the STEM program and the Blount County robotics team in competition this coming year,” he added. “Your role to education is critical.”
The Founders Award was hand crafted from Tennessee pink marble into a bowl weighing about 65 pounds thanks to a donation by Tennessee Marble Company. Monica Gawet and Gus Zacharias, co-owners of Tennessee Marble, shared the bowl’s creation process during the presentation to DENSO. An etching carved into the marble was a donation from Lee Heights Monuments in Lenoir City.
“This Tennessee pink marble bowl will always have a special place at DENSO,” Brackett said. “What a wonderful gift that Tennessee Marble Company and Lee Heights Monuments have created and shared – a keepsake that is also unique to our community.”
Maryville Schools Foundation also recognized its MCSF Honor Society — donors giving $20,000 or more since 1991. Honors went to Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach, Clayton Homes, First Tennessee Bank, PCS, Inc., Tom and Kathy Howard, and Steve and Ruth West.
To contact or make a donation to the Maryville City Schools Foundation, visit www.maryvillecityschoolsfoundation.org or call (865) 982-7121.