Wacker donates computers to local schools
CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY (WRCB) – One of the Tennessee Valley's newest neighbors made a sizeable donation to a local school district Tuesday.
Wacker Polysilicon donated 40 laptop computers to Bradley County Schools to replace equipment destroyed in the tornadoes.
"We were saddened by the news of these storms and the devastation they caused here in Bradley County, especially the impact they had on our schools," said Dr. Ingomar Kovar, president and CEO of Wacker Chemical Corporation. "Children are our future leaders, and Wacker has been and will remain committed to education. We hope to foster interest in science and technology for these young students. With new computers as well as our partnership with Bradley County Schools, we hope to help the school system at our home in Bradley County to fulfill its commitment to educational excellence."
The computers will be used in classrooms at Black Fox Elementary and Waterville Community Elementary. Students from Blue Springs Elementary School were rezoned to these sister schools for the upcoming school year.
"While the storms caused great damage here in Bradley County, we all saw this community really come together to help each other get through it…and Wacker, who just recently joined our community, has stepped in, too," said Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County Schools. "We are grateful for this generous donation of computers. This will be wonderful for our students, many of them attending a new school this year, to further their education."
Wacker Polysilicon is currently building a $1.5 billion facility in Charleston, Tennessee. When complete, the facility will produce the materials to build solar panels. The factory is scheduled to be completed in 2013 and will employ around 650 people.