There are multiple ways that Walt Disney World has enhanced its annual giving programs in celebration of the resort’s 50th anniversary, and the latest way the company has given back to local Central Florida communities just came during Teacher Appreciation Week.
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The Disney Parks Blog shared the details of a $150,000 donation made to Central Florida schools this Teacher Appreciation Week, with the entirety of the funds going directly toward teacher enrichment programs for Orange County Public Schools and the School District of Osceola County.
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Portions of the donation were also given to A Gift for Teaching, which is a local nonprofit that helps to provide resources to best assist teachers and future educators in shaping their career paths. All of the organizations involved will also receive an additional $50,000 to re-invest in programs that over time will continue to support the important work undertaken by teachers at schools local to the Walt Disney World Resort.
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Alvin Olivo, a Digital Media Teacher who works at the Osceola County School for the Arts told Disney, “I appreciate Disney being so close to our community and seeing the need that teachers have. As an educator, this is going to help me become more effective in the classroom and help my students achieve more.”
Disney also sees the important role that teachers play firsthand through the Disney Aspire program that offers educational assistance ranging from GEDs to Master Degrees to Disney Cast Members (with college tuition expenses fully covered upfront as a part of the program.)
We at Disney Fanatic join Disney in showing our appreciation for teachers everywhere, and are thrilled to see that these funds were able to help enhance Central Florida educational programs around Walt Disney World.