The Sonoco Foundation, Sonoco’s principal conduit for corporate contributions, has awarded a grant of over $25,000 to Thomas Hart Academy of Hartsville, S.C. The grant will be used to make improvements to campus security and safety.
Students learn best in an environment that is happy, healthy and safe. The generosity of The Sonoco Foundation has helped ensure that Thomas Hart Academy’s campus will continue to be a secure place for our students and teachers.
- Bob Haarlow, Headmaster of Thomas Hart Academy
Jack Sanders, President and CEO of Sonoco, added:
This grant reflects the commitment Sonoco has to providing a safe and secure learning environment for children in our hometown. Sonoco continues to believe that education is critical for the economic growth of the region and our state.
Thomas Hart Academy is a non-religious, independent, K-8 school with a tradition of academic excellence since its founding in 1970. Graduates enjoy high rates of acceptance to local magnet schools and the International Baccalaureate program at Hartsville High School (almost 90% accepted at the school of their choice in 2012-2013). Last year, Thomas Hart Academy graduates earned two of the five Palmetto Scholar Fellowships awarded to Hartsville High School students. They also earned three Advanced Honors Diplomas.
The Sonoco Foundation, is responsive to human needs through its support of quality projects and programs within the areas it supports. The Foundation’s grant program focuses on education, health and wellness, arts and culture and the environment. The primary focus of these corporate contributions is to support institutions with a local, rather than a national or international, perspective. Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, Sonoco has more than 19,900 employees working in 347 operations in 34 countries, serving many of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.