Local Louisville, Kentucky, Brown and Caldwell (BC) staff spent a recent Friday afternoon handing out weekend meals to Engelhard Elementary students. It was a continuation of their Blessings in a Backpack program support and their increasing commitment to Louisville (Kentucky) Metropolitan Sewer District’s (Louisville MSD) Community Benefits Program.
Last year, the Louisville MSD program connected the school with local BCers once it heard of the school’s need for a curbside electronic sign. The program leverages capital investments in water infrastructure to benefit the community through workforce development, education, and economic development.
With the sign project complete, this year the firm has increased its support to include the school’s robotics program, providing $2,800 for two laptops, a printer, an additional robot, and spare parts.
“Most of our students live a life that does not allow for extracurricular activities. If the school does not provide the opportunity for participation, then it doesn’t happen. The robotics donation from Brown and Caldwell has removed that barrier for our students to experience STEM and will help to create a lifelong love for learning.”
Regina Jackson-Willis Engelhard Family Resource Center Coordinator
It’s this dedication to social responsibility and making a positive impact to youth education that brought together Louisville MSD’s Community Benefits Program, the school, and BC Louisville Office Leader David Hafner initially. Since then, the firm has helped with other programs such as Blessings in a Backpack ($38,000) and Family Scholar House ($8,800), a housing and mentorship program for single parents.
“Technology and hands-on experience inspire the next generation of engineers,” Hafner said. “We need more of that and believe in making a positive impact.”