Mercedes-Benz USA Donates $340,000 to Support Atlanta Public Schools for 2020-2021 School Year

Staff Report

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) will bolster its support of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) with a $340,000 donation as the District enters the 2020-2021 school year.  

MBUSA’s donations will support the following areas: 

  • APS District-wide coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts during the 2020-2021 school year, which include, but is not limited to virtual learning, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) incentives, teacher support, emergency funding, and school supplies.

  • L.P. Miles Elementary School for personal protection equipment (PPE) materials and supplies for virtual learning, Social Emotional Learning/School Culture support, 21st century media center furniture with docking stations. 

  • Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy in support of the school’s STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). MBUSA has supported Hollis Innovation Academy with annual donations and volunteerism since the school’s founding in 2016-2017.

  • Communities in Schools, a local non-profit organization, for onsite coordination of wraparound services such as counselors, social workers, and community health/wellness support services directly impacting L.P. Miles Elementary School.

Throughout the school year, MBUSA will take part in district-wide appropriate, curated volunteer engagement opportunities – virtually and in-person – that follow COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

“During these uncertain times, we’re grateful for partners like Mercedes-Benz USA, who are committed to providing unwavering support to our students and faculty,” APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring said. “Not only did Mercedes-Benz USA help us launch our school year, but we are thrilled about their continued efforts to support us as we journey through this unprecedented school year.”

The company helped APS kick off the year in support of the District’s Pop-Up Back to School Bash events via a donation of 1,600 backpacks to students. MBUSA provided a fleet of vehicles to assist in distributing the donated backpacks to Miles Elementary School parents and students, in a low-contact drive-through event at the school. All faculty, staff and Mercedes-Benz USA volunteers followed recommended safety guidelines during the drive-through event, an extension of the company’s Curbside Caring initiative, an extension of its Greatness Lives Here program.