GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 22, 2010)—The financially strapped Greenville County Schools system is teaming with Michelin North America Inc. for a night of book learnin' aimed at raising money to offset deep budget cuts that are impacting the operational performance of the local schools.
The event is aimed at raising money for basic supplies such as Promethean board lamps, paper products and cleaning supplies is being dubbed “Are You Smarter Than A Greenville County Schools Fifth Grader?” It will be hosted by the school district and Michelin the Saturday evening of Aug. 21 at the Carolina First Center in Greenville.
Local celebrities and community leaders will match wits with some of the brightest fifth graders in the county for a night of family. The event is being underwritten by Greenville-based Michelin and is supported by a variety of local businesses. The tire maker said 100 percent of all funds raised will go directly to the schools for operational supplies.
“We try to shield our children from the budget cuts we've made over the last two years,” said Phinnize J. Fisher, superintendent of Greenville County Schools. “But our schools have seen their budgets for basic supplies such as lamps for classroom computer projection boards, cleaning supplies, paper goods and more slashed by 36 percent. That's why support from companies like Michelin is so important.”
Dick Wilkerson, Michelin's chairman and president, said the company is figuratively rolling up its sleeves “to make a difference in the quality of public education in Greenville County and beyond through our Michelin Challenge Education initiative, and now, through this fund-raising partnership to ease the impact of severe budget cuts in our local schools. Receiving a world-class education is something that every public school student has earned.”