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Posted on: January 18, 2019

Lake Forest-Based Cox Communications Supports Local Schools

Cox Charities has awarded more than $65,000 in “Innovation in Education” grants to 23 schools throughout Cox Communications’ Orange County, Calif. service area to fund innovative programs from students in grades K-12. The annual grant program invited applications from educators at eligible schools for projects that provide creative, technology-based curriculum and enhance the traditional classroom experience by supporting one of the following areas:

  • Skills Based Learning
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design and Mathematics)
  • Digital Literacy
  • Cyber Citizenship

“The Innovation in Education program is part of Cox's long-standing commitment to education. It provides us the opportunity to bring innovative technology into the classroom," said Chanelle Hawken, Vice President of Public Affairs for Cox Communications California. "Students are introduced to new technology to better prepare them for the future, which is exciting.” 

Cox Charities is a philanthropic arm of Cox Communications that is funded through employee donations which are matched by the company.  A volunteer employee board oversees the foundation’s programs such as Innovation in Education grants.

Cox Charities solicits a panel of judges from nonprofit community partners based in Orange County to review the grant applications.

“As a participating judge on the Innovation in Education grants committee, each year I am more and more impressed with the quality of new and imaginative ideas that teachers are bringing to their classrooms across the county,” said Abby Edmunds, OneOC Volunteer Services Encore Manager. OneOC is a service enterprise headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. that connects nonprofits, community members and companies to generate greater social impact.

“Electrify Our Classrooms with Renewable Energy Kits” is an innovative example of a program funded in Mrs. Danielson’s 7th grade science classes at Serrano Intermediate School. According to Danielson’s application, “These kits will give students hands on opportunities to compare and contrast alternative energy sources. They will be able to use the scientific method to test variables and determine the most effective designs and conditions for solar panels and windmills. Then, students will be given a list of potential sites around our community for building these structures. Based on the criteria and constraints, students will pick a site and a structure to build. They will use their own data as evidence to support their proposal.”

The 2019 Innovation in Education grant recipients are:

Capistrano Unified School District 

  • Terri Cohen, Melinda Heights Elementary School
  • Tammy Strand, Melinda Heights Elementary School
  • Vikki Fairchild, Castille Elementary School
  • Laurie Chaddock, Harold Ambuehl Elementary School
  • Laura Trudeau, Clarence Lobo Elementary School
  • Keith Hancock, Tesoro High School

Irvine Unified School District

  • Kathryn Scholl, Brywood Elementary School
  • Staff, Cadence Park School 
  • Michael Hernandez, Alderwood Elementary School
  • Kristen Keegan, Stonegate Elementary School
  • Kelly Hedstrom, Stone Creek Elementary School
  • Kathie Wilhelm, Santiago Hills Elementary School
  • Patti Kimpler, Greentree Elementary School
  • Enzo Ignacio, Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Laguna Beach Unified School District

  • Michelle Martinez, Thurston Middle School

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

  • Terri Cohen, Melinda Heights Elementary School
  • Tammy Strand, Melinda Heights Elementary School
  • Michael McDougall, Rancho Canada Elementary School
  • Raniah Crail, Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Anmarie Macnevin, Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Peggy Aungst, Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Stacy Fudge, Glen Yermo Elementary School
  • Stephanie Weeks, Cielo Vista Elementary School
  • Holly Danielson, Serrano Intermediate School

Tustin Unified School District

  • Alison Hoang, Tustin Ranch Elementary School
  • Liz Holcomb, Heritage STEAM Magnet School
  • Barbara Stachelski, Columbus Tustin Middle School

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

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