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Anderson Foundation grants $50K to THINC

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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation on Monday presented the THINC Academy with a $50,000 grant to inspire educational excellence in technology and innovation, and Allie Kelly and Harriet Langford made a presentation about The Ray to more than 150 THINC Academy students. Shown are, from left, front row, Robby Burch of Interface and THINC board member; Karen Cagle, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Troup County schools; Renae Willis, vice present of Troup County Chamber of Commerce and THINC board member; Kathy Carlisle, CEO of THINC; Harriet Langford, trustee for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation; Corinne Hodges with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and THINC board member; back row, John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations for Troup County schools; James Parker Riley, THINC mechatronics student; Cole Pugh, superintendent of Troup County schools; John Lanier, executive director of Ray C. Anderson Foundation; and Phil Langford, trustee for Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/11/web1_RCAFTHINC.jpgThe Ray C. Anderson Foundation on Monday presented the THINC Academy with a $50,000 grant to inspire educational excellence in technology and innovation, and Allie Kelly and Harriet Langford made a presentation about The Ray to more than 150 THINC Academy students. Shown are, from left, front row, Robby Burch of Interface and THINC board member; Karen Cagle, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Troup County schools; Renae Willis, vice present of Troup County Chamber of Commerce and THINC board member; Kathy Carlisle, CEO of THINC; Harriet Langford, trustee for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation; Corinne Hodges with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and THINC board member; back row, John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations for Troup County schools; James Parker Riley, THINC mechatronics student; Cole Pugh, superintendent of Troup County schools; John Lanier, executive director of Ray C. Anderson Foundation; and Phil Langford, trustee for Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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LaGRANGE — The Ray C. Anderson Foundation presented a $50,000 grant to the THINC College and Career Academy at 10 a.m. Monday in the THINC campus.

“We are excited to be able to provide monetary support and inspiration to these students who are emerging as the next generation of leaders in Troup County and beyond,” said Harriet Langford, foundation trustee, in a written statement. “The timing for this partnership between the foundation and the academy could not come at a better time, as we find ourselves on the edge of the next phase of moving forward with ‘The Ray,’ the sustainable highway of the future.

She added that the foundation looks forward to “the creative innovation, technical expertise and futuristic thinking that these students can bring to that process.” She stressed the work is important to drive toward a collaborative future for the community and “create a better world for tomorrow’s child.”

“Having seen THINC mature from an embryo to a vital, growing, future world-class model for college and career academy endeavors, I find it an honor to serve in this position and to be a part of such an awesome project,” said Kathy Carlisle, CEO of THINC. “Presently, we are thrilled to have earned endorsement from the (Ray C. Anderson) Foundation, which ensures the ability to accomplish our vision.

“Our students come to us with dreams for their futures, and our mission is to provide them with the tools for making their dreams realities. Our students having the opportunity to be influenced by such great leaders as those from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation is the power behind our success — their mission and our mission are the same.”

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability. http://www.raycandersonfoundation.org.

From a press release submitted by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.