Thousands of local students will start school with supplies provided by Disney Cast Members. Giving students classroom essentials is just one of many ways that Walt Disney World Resort actively supports education as part of its commitment toward building a better future for Central Florida’s children. Disney’s involvement in grade-school level education can be seen in charitable giving, classroom support and student recognition. Examples include:
- In May 2010, public school districts and early learning coalitions in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties received a combined total of $290,000 in Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants to enhance student performance from preschool through grade school.
- In 2009, Disney VoluntEARS helped Central Florida public schools by giving 10,028 hours toward activities ranging from serving on Parent/Teacher Association boards to assisting teachers in the classroom.
- Disney VoluntEARS gave $25,650 to Orange County public schools in 2009 through Disney’s Ears to You grants.
- In February 2010, nearly 6,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members and Imagineers raised approximately $250,000 in the Disney Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Junior Achievement; a non-profit that teaches children financial skills and awareness. Walt Disney World Resort has been involved with Junior Achievement for more than 16 years and has raised more than $3.45 million for the organization. Disney VoluntEARS also teach Junior Achievement curriculum for grades K-12 in schools across Central Florida.
- In 2009, Disney continued to be the primary sponsor of the A Gift For Music program with a $100,000 donation. A Gift For Music provides free music lessons to students who normally could not afford them.
- To date, more than 11,500 exceptional Central Florida students have been recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers.