Date: February 6, 2008
Eaton Donates $10,000 To University of Rhode Island Foundation
WARWICK, R.I. …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it donated $10,000 to University of Rhode Island (URI) Foundation. Funds will be used to support URI’s Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program.
“The SMILE program fosters in youth the interest in learning science and math, and the motivation to remain in school, graduate, and go onto college,” said Carol Englander, director, SMILE Program. “Thanks to donations from companies like Eaton, SMILE has established programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels in South Kingstown, West Warwick, Woonsocket, and Central Falls.”
SMILE is a science and math academic enrichment after-school program for grades four through 12. The program is a partnership between the University of Rhode Island and school districts around the state. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of under-represented minority and educationally disadvantaged students who graduate from high school and are qualified to go on to higher education. SMILE now serves 240 elementary, middle and high school students, as well as 24 teachers in 12 schools throughout the state.
"Giving something back to the community is a hallmark of the Eaton culture," said Marvin Pelser, plant manager, Eaton’s Warwick facility. "We are proud to play a part in the academic enrichment of minority students not only in Warwick but all around the state of Rhode Island.”
Eaton’s facility in Warwick, part of the company’s Aerospace Operations, employs approximately 226 people who manufacture mechanical seals for the aerospace industries.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 64,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.