Eastman Donates Money, Resources into Improving Henry County

Eastman Donates Money, Resources into Improving Henry County

From Left to Right: Robert Hatchett – Facilities Engineering & Capital Planning Lead and 2014 United Way Chair, Eastman Tiffani Underwood – Executive Director, United Way Jim Bryan – Operations Manager, Eastman Tanya Foreman – Education Programs Representative, Eastman Scott Prillaman – Immediate Past President, United Way

More than 40 teachers from Martinsville City Public Schools and Henry County Public Schools participated in a two-day workshop learning new ways to teach math. The Mathletes workshop is supported by Eastman and the Harvest Foundation. (Photo by Tanya Foreman)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:00am

CAMPAIGN: Eastman Corporate Responsibility

CONTENT: Press Release

January 13, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Eastman began the new year by reaffirming its commitment to the Martinsville/Henry County community.

This week, Eastman team members contributed $36,000 to the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville. The employee contributions and a $10,000 donation from the company will help the United Way towards its 2015 campaign goal.

“Taking care of our communities is part of the foundation of the culture we’ve built at Eastman,” said Fieldale site manager Pat Caldarera. “We know the dollars that go to the United Way will have a big impact on improving lives in this region.”

Eastman also introduced area teachers to the Eastman Scholar Mathletes program. The program began as a collaborative partnership between Eastman and East Tennessee State University’s Center for Excellence in Math and Science Education. The program provides local elementary and middle school teachers with an opportunity to participate in an intensive two-week summer workshop focused on math education.

Through a collaborative effort between Eastman and the Harvest Foundation, more than 40 teachers from Martinsville City Public Schools and Henry County Public Schools participated in the two-day workshop to introduce them to the Mathletes experience. Several of these teachers will be able to participate in the two-week summer Mathletes workshop thanks to support from the Harvest Foundation and Eastman.

“Preparing students for the future is an ongoing goal at Eastman,” said Caldarera. “We’re eager to provide teachers with new and exciting ways to teach math, better engage their students and share innovative teaching strategies with their colleagues.”

The Eastman Scholar Mathletes program was launched in 2007 and has produced over 450 graduates.  The program provides participants with teaching methods that move them away from giving students specific steps and answers and moves them toward encouraging students to discover the answers by problem-solving, which is essential in building higher order thinking skills in students.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Contact: Brad Belote / 423-229-8801 / jbelote@eastman.com