The Flamboyan Foundation believes all children deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life. The foundation works to ensure every U.S. and Puerto Rico child has an opportunity for a strong education.
Volkswagen of America says it believes in the importance of education, and it supports causes like the Flamboyan Foundation.
That support continued on Friday, as the company donated $10,000 to the Flamboyan Foundation, supporting literacy education for kindergarten through third-grade students in Puerto Rico.
A joint effort of Volkswagen’s Southeast Region and local Volkswagen dealers, the donation will provide 22 classroom libraries between two Puerto Rico schools.
Volkswagen’s two Puerto Rico dealerships — Flagship VW in Bayamón and Volkswagen Kennedy in San Juan — donated half of the funding to benefit schools in their areas. Fifteen of the libraries will be located at Juan Morell Campos in Bayamón and seven will be set up at Pedro Carlos Timothee in San Juan.
The Flamboyan Foundation invited teachers from each of the schools to attend a workshop and receive their books, and this weekend, a dedication ceremony for the teachers will take place at Santurce, San Juan.
After the dedication ceremony, Volkswagen will distribute bookshelves to both schools so the teachers can build their libraries.
“At Flamboyan, we work tirelessly to assure that all children can read at grade level by third grade,” said Carlos Rodríguez Silvestre, executive director of Flamboyan Foundation in Puerto Rico.
Silvestre continued, “Having high-quality books in the classrooms is key to achieving this goal. We are very pleased about this contribution from Volkswagen, as this effort will provide 400 K-3 students with classroom libraries and 22 participating teachers with more of the tools that they need to promote a love of reading with their students.”
Volkswagen of America said the donation was made in addition to its $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org.