Unum to donate $450,000 to Hamilton County schools

Unum to donate $450,000 to Hamilton County schools

July 12th, 2012 by Kevin Hardy in Local - Breaking News

The Unum headquarters in downtown Chattanooga.

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Unum has pledged to give $450,000 to the local school system over the next three years, officials announced today.

The company will give $150,000 to fund mini-grants for teachers and $200,000 to the Principal Leadership Academy, a partnership between Hamilton County Schools, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Public Education Foundation.

Unum has funded both efforts in the past, though officials said this is a larger amount given over a shorter period of time.

Unum had already announced it would give $100,000 to Hamilton County's science, technology, engineering and math school - or STEM - that's set to open in August.

In the past five years, Unum gave $400,000 to the mini-grant and principal training program, as well as donating more than 7,000 hours of volunteer time to the school system, said School Superintendent Rick Smith.