Microsoft Presents WDMCS with $45,000 for Project-Based Learning Network Pathway
West Des Moines Community Schools recently received a $45,000 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support the Project-Based Learning Network (PBLN) pathway. The award will be used to acquire technology and furniture that will help grow the PBLN pathway.
Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D., and PBLN Thought Partner and Business Liaison Justin Miller met with Microsoft representatives to accept a $25,000 donation on Friday, March 30. Combined with a previous donation of $20,000, the funds from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund are the largest cash donation the district has received for PBLN so far.
The PBLN pathway has a powerful return on investment because WDMCS learners will become community employees, citizens, and leaders in the years to come. As a financial partner engaged in offering this new avenue for students, Microsoft will make a difference in the lives of many WDMCS learners and the local economy, workforce, and community.
The Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund, created and managed by Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team, is designed to support community-led and prioritized projects, increase collaboration among contributors and award recipients, and develop ecosystems that help deliver common community priorities. Through this approach, Microsoft hopes to achieve long-term, systemic, and holistic outcomes in the communities in which it operates.
Thank you to the Microsoft and its Community Empowerment Fund for this partnership!