The Michelin Man is reaching out to public elementary schools in South Carolina.The Greenville-based tire company rolled out its “Michellin Challenge Education” program, which will provide assistance to 8 public elementary schools in South Carolina. The schools are located in areas with Michelin plants nearby. Several of these include low-income schools receiving Title One funds. Research shows kids who are held back in elementary school grades, are more likely to drop out of school later in life. South Carolina has one of the nation’s highest dropout rates in the country. Michelin employs 8,000 people in South Carolina.
Herb Johnson, Director of Community relations, Michelin, North America says, “It could be anything from tutoring to mentoring. It could be coming in and reading to a first or a second grade class.
As a corporation we feel that early childhood education is critical. Every child needs to be exposed to quality, pre-school education.”
State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex says Michelin is setting a good example for corporate involvement in public education. Rex says the company has an “exceptional source of highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals.”
Last month, Michelin offered $1 million in low-interest loans starting at $10,000 for disadvantaged small businesses