Press Release

Great Lakes Donates $64,000 for New Library at Gompers Elementary School

May 13, 2016

STUDENTS AT ADOPTED GOMPERS AND BLACK HAWK ALSO RECEIVE NEARLY 3,000 BOOKS TO COMBAT "SUMMER SLIDE"

Madison, Wis., May 13, 2016—Employees of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation surprised students, teachers and staff at their adopted school, Gompers Elementary School, with a check for $64,171 today. The donation is a dollar-for-dollar company match to the funds Madison employees contributed to the 2015 United Way and Community Shares Campaign. The funds will be used to renovate the Gompers library, which has not been updated since the school was built in 1960.

"Our employees' generosity is helping to improve educational opportunities at Gompers Elementary," said Amy Kerwin, Vice President-Community Investments at Great Lakes. "The school's library will be transformed into an inviting space designed for a variety of uses from tutoring of students to large group meetings. The new library will also meet the modern technological needs of educating students to be successful in the 21st century."

Great Lakes provided the lead gift for the new library, partnering with the Madison Metropolitan School District, to make the improvement project possible. The current library is more than 55 years old and lacks efficient space, and this renovation will equip students with a contemporary, multipurpose learning center. The changes will include new shelving, furniture, paint, and carpeting.

"This renovation will have an enormous impact on our school," said Principal Sarah Chaja. "The library is functional, but it doesn't really fit our needs, so this much-needed update will not only allow us to better serve our students, but will enable our students to learn without limits. The new layout and furniture will provide a design that is modern and flexible, allowing for a variety of individual and small group work to happen in spaces that we can adjust as necessary."

In addition to presenting the big check, Great Lakes employees also delivered 2,941 books collected during a recent book drive. The donated books will be shared with students to take home during the summer to provide access to books and help prevent reading skills from sliding backward during the school break. This is the third year employees have donated books to support summer reading for students at their adopted school.

ABOUT GREAT LAKES: DEDICATED TO MAKING COLLEGE EDUCATION A REALITY SINCE 1967.

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, we have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Our group's earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, we have committed over $172 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.

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