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Air Products Supports Donaldsonville STEM Education through $15000 Donation to Teach For America

Today, Air Products announced it has donated $15,000 to Teach F or America – Greater Baton Rouge, specifically to support the organization’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) efforts in Donaldsonville in Ascension parish.

May 15, 2024 - BATON ROUGE, La. – “Learning about science and technology in the classroom can help students at a young age begin a lifelong interest in these subjects, and we’re proud to support Teach For America’s STEM efforts in Donaldsonville,” said Danna LeBlanc, Commercial Executive Director of Air Products’ Louisiana Clean Energy Complex. “When operational in nearby Darrow, our new clean hydrogen production facility will create 170 jobs with good-paying salaries for decades to come, which is why we want to help plant the seeds of science education in the community now.”

“Teach For America Greater Baton Rouge is grateful to Air Products for their support and commitment to education. Our partnership is crucial in our work to recruit and retain more high-quality educators for Donaldsonville schools,” said Laura Vinsant, Executive Director of Teach For America Greater Baton Rouge. “This gift will allow professional development opportunities for Teach For America educators in Donaldsonville, from coaching, online resources, and more that form an ecosystem of support for our teachers.”

The $15,000 grant from the Air Products Foundation for Teach For America will go towards recruiting and developing teacher talent to grow educational excellence in Donaldsonville. This funding is in addition to Air Products’ community giving of $1 million a year in the Lake Maurepas area through the Air Products Lake Maurepas Community Fund.

Looking forward, Air Products strives to continue its more than five-decade history of safe and responsible operations in Louisiana, both through its proposed Louisiana Clean Energy Complex currently under development and in future investments. To learn more, visit: https://Community.CleanEnergyLouisiana.com.

Air Products employees present a $15,000 check to Teach For America Greater Baton Rouge. From Left to Right: Marie Mullen of Communications Director of Teach For America Greater Baton Rouge, Stanley Biemeny of Air Products, Laura Vinsant Executive Director or Teach For America Greater Baton Rouge, Danna LeBlanc of Air Products and Christina Stephens of Air Products. 

About the Louisiana Clean Energy Complex

Air Products is developing the Louisiana Clean Energy Complex, which will advance energy independence by creating clean energy at a blue hydrogen production plant. This project is Air Products’ largest investment in the United States and will help Louisiana meet its long-term carbon-reduction goals while creating and supporting local jobs. 

The new facility will create 170 new permanent jobs with an average salary of $93,000 a year, and 2,000 construction jobs. Currently, Air Products employs 330 people in Louisiana at 18 facilities across the state, with employees actively contributing to the communities where they live and work.

For more detailed information about Air Products’ Louisiana Clean Energy Complex, please visit CleanEnergyLouisiana.com. People can also follow the project on FacebookX, and LinkedIn.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities across the country to expand educational opportunities for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. Today, Teach For America is a force of over 70,000 alumni, corps members, Ignite fellows, and staff working in pursuit of profound systemic change so that one day every child has an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility. Teach For America Greater Baton Rouge region is one of six founding sites since 1990. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.