Bayer Fund Prepares PUMA Innovators

Grant Supports STEM Education At Cristo Rey
Posted on 09/21/2020
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While the 2020-21 school year kicked off with hybrid learning, the foot is still on the STEM education accelerator at Cristo Rey Kansas City. Supported by a $20,000 grant from Bayer Fund, Cristo Rey is advancing the technology needs of its college- and career-prep learning. Students began the 2020-21 school year in a blended learning model – one-day per week in the classroom and the remainder in virtual classrooms.

“To solve the world’s increasingly complex problems, we need increasingly creative solutions,” said Cristo Rey President John O’Connor. “One effective way to do this is to help students develop a passion for STEM and demonstrate how these fields are relevant outside the classroom. This is what we aim to do at Cristo Rey,” he said.
“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $14 million to over 3,200 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $79 million.

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About Cristo Rey Kansas City
Cristo Rey Kansas City is a private, college and career preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. As one of the 37 schools in the Cristo Rey Network, the school serves culturally diverse students with economic need. An innovative Corporate Work Study Program enables students to expand horizons while earning approximately half of the cost of education. With its first graduating class in 2010 and in each year thereafter, 100% of the school’s graduates have been accepted to college.

About Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects. 

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