AAR Pledges $350K to Miami Youth Center

 - July 2, 2014, 1:15 PM
AAR CEO David Storch and Pastor Lopez, who heads AAR’s Landing Gear Repair Facility in Miami, receive airplanes painted by children at Overtown Youth Center in recognition of the time and money AAR is investing in the summer Stem program.

The Overtown Youth Center hosted a special ceremony last week to recognize AAR and its chairman and CEO David P. Storch’s $350,000 donation to support the center’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) program.

The Overtown Youth Center’s Stem Summer Program, in partnership with AAR and the Miami Dade County Public School Office of Academic & Stem Transformation, will provide students an opportunity to engage in academically exciting, hands-on projects. The intensive, six-week program will expose students to the Stem curriculum while incorporating literacy, ensuring academic reinforcement. Through this unique partnership, 11- to-18-year-old students in the Overtown community will be provided with instructional guidance by leading Miami Dade County Public School Stem staff members.

The program kicked off with AAR employees helping students to launch rockets.

Kathleen Cantillon, AAR global director of communications, told AIN, “We have a program called ‘Taking Flight’ that focuses a lot of our community giving around Stem education. It is our policy to be good neighbors to the communities where we’re located and to raise awareness about aviation careers. It benefits the community and it benefits the company by helping to create a pipeline of talent looking toward the future.”

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