Each year, Disneyland cast members have the opportunity to contribute $1 per week to the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund. Those cast members to partake are eligible to nominate a non-profit organization of their choice for a grant up to $5,000!
This year, cast members have funded a total of 84 grants to local non-profit organizations of their choosing, totally more than $400,000!
One of the non-profit organizations selected was Canyon Rim Elementary School in Anaheim. The school decided to use its $5,000 grant to help upgrade technology in the classrooms and STEAM lab.
The elementary school was nominated by Disneyland cast member Jason Smith, who is the director of Planning and Industrial Engineering at Disneyland Resort. Smith is a parent of two students, fifth and sixth grade, who currently attend Canyon Rim.
“I nominated Canyon Rim Elementary to receive this grant because this is the neighborhood school my children attend and because we as a family volunteer a lot of our time here,” Jason Smith stated.
Smith recently presented the grant to faculty, staff, students, PTA board members and parents of Canyon Rim Elementary School on the school’s campus, along with Disney Ambassador, Justin Rapp.
“The Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund is an amazing opportunity for cast members and one of the many reasons that make the Disneyland resort a great place to work,” Smith stated.
Disney was also able to get a few words from Bree Tippets, the Principle of Canyon Rim Elementary School. “We are so excited to renew and upgrade our technology to a 21st century classroom.”
“We are so thrilled to have the Disneyland Resort as part of our community to be able to support and enhance the learning of our students,” Tippets continued.
You can watch the full video on Disneyland’s YouTube page below. (Make sure to have a box of tissues nearby. This video will touch your heart.)
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