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News Release April 26, 2016
We are pleased to share the exciting news with our SK CARES volunteers and supporters that the Cox Charities Community Advisory Group has awarded us a grant to support the volunteer programs we coordinate to benefit the students and teachers in our South Kingstown Schools. On April 26th, Helen Pernicone and Cindy Pacheco, CARES Co-Presidents along with Deb Kelso of SK CARES celebrated the receipt of this award at a breakfast reception held by Cox at their Northeast Headquarters. We were also honored to have Abel Collins and Rachel Clough, both of the South Kingstown Town Council, in attendance.

South Kingstown Cares Receives Cox Charities Grant to Support STEM Programming in its Homework Club
Organization Among 10 Grant Recipients, Awarded April 26 by Cox and Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner
South Kingstown, RI – South Kingstown Cares received a $15,000 grant from Cox Charities in support of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming. The grant will support students in the organization's Homework Club and summer reading program.

"We are overwhelmed with gratitude toward Cox Charities for their generous support," said Helen Pernicone, executive director, South Kingstown CARES. "We believe in educating the whole child and we collaborate with the teachers in order to reach as many students as we can. We are so proud of the work we do with the students of South Kingstown and this gift will enable us to continue to serve them and expand our programs."

Cox Communications is celebrating 15 years of supporting youth education by awarding 15 grants totaling more than $185,000 in the company's northeast region, comprised of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Ohio. Ten of organizations honored with grants are Rhode Island after-school and summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning programs.

The 10 recipients were awarded their grants at a special ceremony presided over by Treasurer Seth Magaziner on April 26 in West Warwick.

"Every day, 14 million students across the country leave school and have nowhere to go. We are proud to support organizations that encourage academic aspirations and increase the likelihood of those students earning high school diplomas," said Jay Allbaugh, senior vice president and region manager, Cox Communications.

Recipients were selected by a committee comprised of elected officials, community partners and business leaders for their commitment to STEM-based programming.

"Cox has always been a true supporter of youth and education in our state," said Seth Magaziner, Rhode Island general treasurer. "The company has consistently recognized and funded deserving organizations, all of which are working tirelessly to enrich children's lives with creative and effective STEM-based programs."

Cox Charities is the charitable giving initiative of Cox Communications. In its inaugural year of 2001, $28,000 was awarded to five organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut. In 2016, that number has increased almost seven-fold to $185,000. Since 2001, Cox has invested more than $6 million in grants and in-kind support throughout the northeast.

2016 Rhode Island Cox Charities Grants Recipients:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick
Breakthrough Providence
Center for Dynamic Learning (Providence)
City Year Providence
The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Newport Community School
North Providence Marines Trades
Project GOAL (Providence)
South Kingstown CARES
SPIRIT at Blackstone Academy Charter School (Pawtucket)


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