Harless Center receives gift from DIRECTV

The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development has received a $10,000 donation from DIRECTV to fund local, innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) programs for students PreK-12.

A STEAM-themed jamboree was held last November for DIRECTV families as a result of the collaborative effort between the June Harless Center and DIRECTV. The purpose of the event was to engage all children and their families with creative hands-on, interactive technology focused on science, engineering and mathematics.

The funding will be used to continue STEAM initiatives in the Tri-state area, promoting creativity and innovative skills for students. Future events may include after-school programs, summer camps, teacher training and other outreach.  DIRECTV’s gift will enable the Harless Center to provide local students and families with engaging, real-world opportunities, said Dr. Stan Maynard, executive director of the Harless Center. Their commitment spans from charitable giving to educational programming from schools to strategic partnerships that foster student learning across the Americas.

The mission of the June Harless Center is to provide leadership in education initiatives for rural West Virginia educators and students and offer a support system that addresses educational problems, sustains school improvement, and provides positive growth in all educational factors.

For more information contact Maynard at maynard@marshall.edu or Lauren French at LZFrench@DIRECTV.com.