Kroger's grant will support the academic portion of a unique program designed to better prepare incoming PCRHS students for the rigorous academic program they will encounter. The two-week program is mandatory for all incoming students and focuses on both academic training and preparatory training for the Corporate Work Study program. By relating the curriculum to the CWS program, the students are providing reading, research, and oral communication exercises to strengthen those skills.
"We are appreciative of the generosity of The Kroger Co., a great corporate citizen of Indianapolis,"
Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott said, "Strong support of education is an important responsibility for every corporate citizen. Kroger associates also are parents and grandparents who are involved in and concerned about their children's education. Our decision to further strengthen our historical support of education going back more than 100 years is motivated by two priorities; improving the educational opportunities available to our children and building the best possible workforce for our future. Even working collaboratively and supportively with so many partner organizations, we will not solve education-related challenges or remove barriers overnight, but we are very optimistic that an ambitious long-term strategy with measurable milestones will be successful. We are determined to have strong, positive, and measurable impact on core skills such as reading and math. We also intend to strengthen our local school partnerships in as many local communities as possible. Kroger looks forward to the catalytic impact of these investments in education and celebrating the academic success of our children."
The grant is part of a larger $3.8 million K-12 education strategy which includes: $1,051,500 in commitments to 12 "best in class" partner organizations who have exceptional education programs; $75,000 per year to two grant programs for local schools and libraries in support of classroom programs, teaching excellence and transformational leadership; an estimated $750,000 per year for local schools and church preschools through the "Kroger Cares" program, a book donation program intended to boost literacy in low-income households and at least $150,000 in promotional support of K-12 education messages in local communities. This plan draws lessons from Kroger's 128 years of support for local schools and libraries across the United States.
About The Kroger Co.
The Kroger Co. (http://www.thekrogerco.com) has been serving local communities for 129 years. The Kroger Central Division has 138 food stores, 115 pharmacies, and 71 fuel centers operating under four banners: Kroger, Scott's, Owen's, and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan, and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $14.7 million in 2011 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes, and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honest, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety, and integrity.
About Providence Cristo Rey High School
Located minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Providence Cristo Rey High School (http://www.pcrhs.org) (PCRHS) is a private, Catholic, college preparatory high school for students from families with limited financial means. Part of a national network of Cristo Rey schools, PCRHS combines rigorous classroom instruction with real-life corporate work study experiences for our students by partnering with businesses in the Indianapolis area. Through the Corporate Work Study Program, our faith-based, college preparatory education is affordable for economically disadvantaged students and families. For three years in a row, 100 percent of the senior class was accepted into college.