Wellman Family Foundation Makes Significant Gift To Education

Posted: August 04, 2004
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - School teachers and their students across West Virginia will have access to SAS inSchool’s award-winning, web-based educational curriculum through the 2006-07 school year, thanks to a grant made by the Wellman Family Foundation.  

“This is a very generous donation from one of our own,” Gov. Bob Wise said. “Technology, education and economic development go hand-in-hand. It is a simple equation: the more educated our students are – the larger our skilled workforce – the more companies headquarter in the Mountain State. Our complete commitment to technology is vital; the future of our state demands no less.”  

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"I was born, raised and educated in W.Va. and I have chosen to focus my efforts on actively engaging in providing educational assistance to West Virginia students through the Wellman Family Foundation," said Selby Wellman. "My wife and I are extremely excited about extending our Foundation's efforts by providing the SAS inSchool software to all schools throughout the state."  

The Wellman Family Foundation grant will make SAS inSchool courses available to all schools in the state as well as Marshall University. Public, private and parochial schools are all included in the statewide partnership. SAS inSchool creates web-based teaching learning curricula focusing on the core subjects taught in grades eight through 12, including English, social studies, science, mathematics and Spanish.  

“The students are the true beneficiaries of this wonderful gift,” said Stewart. “Thanks goes to Mr. Wellman for his generosity and his dedication to providing educational opportunities to all West Virginia children.”  

SAS inSchool’s standards-based resources are receiving growing acceptance across the country by middle schools, high schools, virtual schools, as well as community colleges and universities. The award-winning software offers a web-based planning environment for teachers, and for students, it promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  

“This gift is the result of several determined and dedicated individuals coming together to take this unprecedented step to improve the educational opportunities for young people statewide,” said Goodnight.  

SAS inSchool won the Technology and Learning Award of Excellence in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and was listed among Technology and Learning’s Top Three Software Programs for 2001. The program offers web-based, multimedia software and educator learning and support services. For more information about SAS inSchool, visit www.SASinSchool.com.  

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