Southwest Airlines Donates $610k to Academy Programs of Plano
June 30, 2014
At the May 20 meeting of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Southwest Airlines was recognized as the Academy Programs of Plano’s first “Gold Corporate Partner” whose generous $610,000 financial contribution will help to support innovative learning opportunities at Plano ISD Academy High School.
Southwest Airlines' Mike Van de Ven (center) was thanked by the school board, Plano ISD Education Foundation and Academy Programs of Plano.
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Mike Van de Ven, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Southwest Airlines and a Plano ISD Education Foundation director, addressed the school board. “At Southwest Airlines, we are deeply involved in the communities where we live and serve," said Mr. Van de Ven. "Plano ISD is a pillar of excellence because there’s so much pride of ownership in the schools. Plano ISD has great leadership in its superintendent, its school board and the Plano ISD Education Foundation who all care deeply about funding our schools."
Mike Van de Ven, Southwest Airlines executive vice-president and chief operating officer, addressed the school board and audience.
Mr. Van de Ven noted that, "The Plano ISD Education Foundation has set targets to raise as much money as we can for Plano ISD. It is Southwest Airlines’ honor and pleasure to donate $610,000 to the district. We sincerely appreciate being part of the community.”
Richard Matkin, superintendent of schools, thanked Mr. Van de Ven and the Plano ISD Education Foundation for "raising an amazing amount of money through corporate sponsors and partnerships."
He said, "We appreciate that Southwest Airlines has stepped up to deliver a major financial contribution to the school district. And, we don’t take that lightly. We know that your dollars are as important to your company as our dollars are to ours. So, I want to say thanks from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for being a part of the Foundation, thanks for being a part of the community and engaging in the ongoing progress that we’re making in the district.”
Members of the Plano ISD Education Foundation board of directors attending the meeting were Rebecca Egelston Caso, president; Harvey Fishero, president-elect and development chair; David Doyle, treasurer; and Angela Miner.
About the Southwest Airlines Donation
Karla Oliver, assistant to the superintendent for government, community and planning initiatives, told audience members, "Southwest Airlines is being recognized this evening for a cumulative donation of $610,000 which will be administered over the next five years." She explained that three major gifts are included in Southwest Airlines’ donation.
- A $500,00 cash donation allocated to the Plano ISD Education Foundation for the naming of the fabrication lab at Plano ISD Academy High School as the Southwest Airlines Fabrication Lab,
- Airline tickets to offset taxpayer cost for district travel and for use by the Plano ISD Education Foundation in its fundraising efforts, and
- The donation of paid internships for outgoing juniors at Plano ISD Academy High School, beginning the summer of 2015. The internship program will potentially grow in number of students as well as into year-round internships.
Read about the Academy Programs of Plano and Plano ISD Academy High School on this district website.
"Plano ISD is thrilled to announce this Gold level partnership for the Academy Programs of Plano," said Ms. Oliver. "The academy programs provide students with more choices in what and how they learn and allow Plano ISD to serve an even greater variety of student interests and needs. Our district is committed to having the Academy Programs of Plano thrive as a result of corporate and community giving through the Plano ISD Education Foundation."
Ms. Oliver noted, "In light of challenges in Texas public school funding, Plano ISD understands the need to be progressive and innovative in our financial management, while continuing to serve as good stewards of taxpayer dollars."
About the Plano ISD Education Foundation
The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to help all students in Plano public schools achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs. The Foundation provides grants to educators, programs that support academic enrichment to Plano ISD students, emergency assistance for teachers and staff members in crisis, as well as programs aimed at recruiting and retaining quality teachers. To learn more about the Plano ISD Education Foundation, contact Executive Director Carlos Sastoque at 469.752.8272.
About Southwest Airlines
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary customer service delivered by more than 45,000 employees to more than 100 million customers annually. Based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The airline also operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its people and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.
Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin thanked Southwest Airlines' Mike Van de Ven at the May 20 reception. View the photo gallery.