UTC Donates 300 Libraries to Elementary Schools in China

UTC Donates 300 Libraries to Elementary Schools in China

Children gather outside the 300th new school library donated by UTC in China in partnership with The Library Project.

In 2014, a total of 255 employees from UTC China participated in volunteer trips to rural areas in nine provinces and built another 100 student libraries and 30 teacher libraries. Perry Zheng, President, Otis China Area, presented the “Volunteer of the Year Award” to employee representatives. From left to right: Perry Zheng, Otis China; Minmin Zhao, UTC BIS; Grace Xie, UTC Aerospace China; Lori Yang, UTC Aerospace Systems.

A UTC employee volunteer engages with students.

Employees from across UTC were recognized for their volunteer work supporting the China Library Project. Pictured from left: Lin Lin, Pratt & Whitney Shanghai; Bella Ling, UTC BIS; Jane Ma, Xizi Otis; Roy Zhang, UTC Communications; Karen Guo, UTC Aerospace China; Jane Lu, Carrier; Wendy Tan, Sikorsky Aircraft Shanghai; Lori Yang, UTC Aerospace Systems Shanghai; David Deng, Pratt & Whitney Chengdu Aerotech; Cecilia Hu, Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center; and Shijun Zhu, UTC BIS. Other business units who received the “Business Units Award” but were not present at the ceremony were: UTC Management Company (Beijing); Pratt & Whitney China; Pratt & Whitney China Customer Training Center; South Pratt & Whitney Aero-Engine Company; UTC Aerospace Systems Tianjin; UTC Aerospace Systems Xiamen; and AUAE.

A UTC employee volunteer speaks with students.

Children hold up their new Pratt & Whitney Dependable Engines stickers.

Children pose outside their new school library. The 300th student library was donated to Mai Di Village Elementary School in Jian Yang, Sichuan Province by United Technologies China employee volunteers and The Library Project staff in Oct. 2014.

UTC employee volunteers sort and organize books for the new library.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 2:00pm

With a diverse collection of books, glistening new reading tables and shelves, and smiling children and volunteers, United Technologies recently donated the 300th student library in partnership with the international nonprofit The Library Project. This marks a new milestone for the UTC China Library Project since its inception in 2011.

"UTC is a company with a rich legacy of innovation and commitment to make things better," said Liping Xie, President, UTC China Aerospace & Government Relations. "The 300 libraries symbolize UTC's efforts to build sustainable and vibrant communities in China and the world by promoting education and empowering the younger generations. I am also very excited to see another great milestone achieved in our employee involvement in volunteerism and community service with the completion of the 300th student library. Congratulations to our volunteers and partners."

To date, employees of United Technologies' entities in China have contributed more than 700 volunteer hours and successfully equipped 300 student libraries and 80 teacher libraries with 193,750 books, benefiting more than 65,200 students and nearly 4,000 teachers across 12 provinces in China.

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