Topeka Public Schools’ students wanting to go to college or technical school got a big boost from AT&T today. During a check presentation at Topeka High School, the telecommunications company gave the Topeka Public Schools Foundation $10,000 to support the AVID and Bridges to the Future programs.
Two Topeka High School seniors involved in the AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination program, talked about how the program has prepared them for college. AVID provides academic instruction and support for students who otherwise might not be able to attend a college or university. The financial gift will also fund seven scholarships to Washburn Institute of Technology through the Bridges to the Future program.
“We are grateful for AT&T’s support and for its outstanding commitment to advancing educational opportunities,” said Pamela Johnson-Betts, executive director of the TPS Foundation. “AT&T’s support will help enable the Topeka Public Schools Foundation’s efforts to close the achievement gap and prepare students for their next step in life.” Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Kansas said, “We are proud to support the Topeka Public Schools Foundation because we believe that investing in education and helping fund programs that put students on a path to success benefits both the students and our business.”