Westminster will bring community-wide robotics league to CSRA students!
Westminster wins a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant.
Westminster Schools of Augusta is bringing a robotics league to CSRA students!
State Farm announced today that it will award a $25,000 grant to Westminster for being one of 40 organizations nationwide to win in its annual Neighborhood Assist contest.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic grant program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. In July, State Farm accepted applications for 2,000 causes in the U.S. From there, a review committee selected 200 finalists and public voting determined the Top 40 to receive funding.
In just 10 days this fall, 145,000 people cast 3.9 million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities in 22 states will receive an assist from State Farm, including Westminster and the CSRA.
Westminster will use the $25,000 to establish and grow a local robotics league for Augusta-area schools, both public and private, that allow students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines in a way that engages their creativity and imagination.
Westminster hopes to partner with Augusta University, the city's downtown Rotary Club, public school systems in Richmond and Columbia counties, and local businesses and organizations to start the league next fall.
"Securing the votes necessary to win a Neighborhood Assist grant from State Farm shows the true passion that the Westminster community and greater Augusta area has for its students and providing them with new and innovative learning programs," said Wesley Brown, director of development at Westminster. "The entire community came together to make our cause a reality. Without everyone's support, this would not have been possible. We are tremendously grateful."
Westminster would like to thank all those who helped it reach the Top 40. In particular, it sends a shout-out to all local State Farm insurance agents and employees, the Rotary Club of Augusta, Augusta Christian Schools, Augusta Preparatory Day School, Heritage Academy and the public school systems in Richmond and Columbia counties. It also thanks Cyber City Circuits, Alliance for Cyber Education and the local office of the National Inventors Hall of Fame for its help.
For a complete list of this year's top 40 causes, including Westminster's, please visit www.neighborhoodassist.com.