FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago, Local Officials Announce $50,000 SBC Foundation Grant to Expand Access to Televised Mathematics Programming
The SBC Foundation – the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications, Inc., will present Loyola University Chicago with a $50,000 grant to fund the expansion of COUNTDOWN, an educational television show that provides direct instruction on a wide range of mathematical concepts, to include viewing clubs at four Chicago elementary schools. The viewing clubs increase the availability of the program to those without access to cable television and allow instructors to lead students in meaningful math instruction supported by related language arts and technology activities.
Loyola University is one of Chicago’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant recipients receiving $4.5 million in SBC Foundation grants across SBC’s 13-state service area. GEAR UP – a federal education program administered by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) – helps low-income students achieve a college-level education.
According to a U.S. Department of Education study, high academic achievers from underrepresented or low-income families are only one-fifth as likely to enroll in college as similar students from high-income families.
Father Garanzini, President, Loyola University Chicago
Diane Schiller, Professor and Creator of COUNTDOWN, Loyola University Chicago
Marty Gartzman, Director, CPS Math and Science Initiative
Carrie Hightman, President, SBC Illinois
Monday, March 21, 2005 at 3:00 pm
Loyola University Chicago
25 East Pearson, Kasbeer Hall