CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Unum has pledged $450,000 for public education initiatives over the next three years. Investing through Public Education Foundation to support the Principal Leadership Academy, the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) high school and mini-grants to teachers, Unum is extending a partnership with the Hamilton County Department of Education and community partners that they began five years ago.

The new STEM high school, slated to open in August, will serve as a demonstration site for new educational practices in STEM education and eventually serve 300 students.  Unum employees are investing time in the STEM school and hub to help develop curriculum and connect student learning to real-world applications.  The Principal Leadership Academy – a collaboration between HCDE, the Public Education Foundation, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga -- has just accepted its third cohort of aspiring principals and will continue to benefit from Unum executives acting as mentors.  

"Corporate support of public education shows the community that companies are invested in the futures of our students.  Unum is a leader in Chattanooga not only for its financial support of our schools, but also through the thousands of volunteer hours they put into helping our students, teachers, and leaders," states Dan Challener, president of PEF.