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Northrop Grumman Contributes $100,000 to Da Vinci Schools for STEM Education

December 2013


We are thrilled to announce that Da Vinci Schools has received a $100,000 gift from Northrop Grumman for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. This generous gift was made possible through the leadership and vision of Art Lofton, a Da Vinci board trustee, member of the Da Vinci Family, and the Vice President Global Quality for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. This gift will be used to provide STEM education at all four of our schools.

In the News - "Northrop Grumman Contributes $100,000 to Da Vinci Schools" (Wall St. Journal)

Mr. Lofton's leadership can be felt throughout our organization. He has played an instrumental role in developing our mission and vision, and in connecting Da Vinci students and teachers with real world experiences and opportunities. Mr. Lofton has engaged Northrop at the highest levels, deploying a team of IT engineers to set up our technology infrastructure; funding, designing and building the Northrop Grumman Innovation Lab; facilitating the donation of a B-2 airplane that greets students and staff as they walk into Da Vinci Science; inspiring Northrop engineers to mentor students and support real world learning in our Project Lead The Way classrooms; and creating work experience opportunities for our students to participate in Northrop's High School Involvement Partnership Program (HIP). Additionally, Mr. Lofton has paved the way for some of our kids to enroll in the Summer Academy for Math + Science at Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater. Mr. Lofton asks for nothing in return.

Da Vinci Schools' relationship with Mr. Lofton and Northrop Grumman showcases the best of what can be accomplished with partnerships between our schools and business community. Together, we are shaping the future of education and building a pipeline of future innovators.

Please join us in thanking Art Lofton and Northrop Grumman for their extraordinary commitment to our schools.

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