ING Donates $275K to 24 School Districts in Louisiana, Mississippi

ARLINGTON, Va., In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Amsterdam, Netherlands-based ING U.S. Financial Services has donated $275,000 to 24 of the hardest-hit school districts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

“We worked with federal and state authorities to identify the districts that had a critical need for assistance,” said William Jasien, senior vice president and head of ING Education Market. “In order to continue this recovery and focus on regaining some sense of normalcy in that region, it is vital that we get our children back into their schools with proper supplies and get the teachers back to doing what they do best – educating our most precious resource.”

ING, a provider of retirement services to K-12 teachers in the U.S., donated $275,000 at two separate events the week of 12 – one in Louisiana and one in Mississippi. The Louisiana event took place on Dec. 14 in Hammond, La., and benefited Bogalusa City School District; Jefferson Parish Public School District; New Orleans Public School District; Plaquemines Parish School District; St. Bernard Parish Public Schools; St. Charles Parish Public School District; St. Tammany Parish Public Schools and Washington Parish School District.

The Mississippi event took place on Dec. 16 in Jackson, Miss., and benefited Bay St. Louis Waveland School District; Biloxi School District; George County School District; Gulfport School District; Hancock County School District; Harrison County School District; Jackson County School District; Long Beach School District; Moss Point School District; Ocean Springs School District; Pascagoula School District; Pass Christian Public School District; Pearl River County School District; Poplarville Separate School District; Stone County School District and Picayune School District.

ING donated the money to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), which helped distribute it to the districts’ superintendents. The donations ranged from $10,000 to $15,000 per school district.

For more information, contact Caroline Campbell at (212) 309-5931 or [email protected], ING; contact Barbara Knisely Michelman at (703) 875-0723 or [email protected].

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