GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 5, 2009)—Michelin North America Inc. is launching a public service program that will assist public elementary schools in locations where the company has facilities.
Michelin Challenge Education will adopt schools in some of the communities where the tire maker operates facilities. Company employees will serve as mentors, tutors and volunteers at eight adopted schools in South Carolina, two in Alabama and one in Kentucky.
South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex said in a Michelin statement that the company is “an exceptional source of highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals.”
“Michelin's employees will be able to help in many ways, over and above the work-based skills they bring to the classroom,” he said. “For one thing, they are excellent role models. They're real life proof for young kids that there are good jobs available in their communities if they stay in school.”
Rex added that he hopes Michelin's program will set a new standard for corporate involvement with elementary school students.