Based on the success of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona’s Math and Teacher Initiatives, Bank One and APS have increased their support of the programs while Salt River Project, Intel and BHHS Legacy Foundation are continuing their strong partnerships with Rodel.

This year’s increased donations from Bank One and APS will fund the expansion of the Math Achievement Club by Rodel (MAC-Ro) into second-grade classrooms as well as expand the program for third- and fourth-graders.

“The wonderful support from our MAC-Ro business partners has allowed us to help 17 more schools from our growing waiting list of interested schools,” says Rodel President and CEO Dr. Carol Peck.

These contributions, along with continuing support of Intel and BHHS Legacy Foundation, have allowed MAC-Ro to grow by more than 60 percent for the 2005-06 school year, now reaching 13,000 students attending 70 schools in 31 districts across five counties.

“By supporting educational endeavors such as MAC-Ro, everyone benefits,” says Louise Moskowitz of APS. “Ultimately, the children working to master math today will be business leaders tomorrow.”

MAC-Ro is an initiative of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona with a proven track record of improving the math achievement of elementary school students by using a combination of increased time on task, parent involvement, strategies for teaching the Arizona Academic Standards, systematic review, and monthly “surprises” as motivation for students to do well.

Bank One will also be joining SRP as a sponsor of the Rodel Exemplary Teacher Initiative. “Seeing such great results from Rodel’s programs, we’re happy to keep investing in the children of Arizona,” says Bank One regional manager, Lydia Lee.

“We’re excited to help give these teachers the recognition they deserve and to support future educators,” says Mark Bonsall, Associate General Manager of Commercial and Customer Services for SRP.

By the end of the year, Rodel will have identified 42 Exemplary Teachers from high-poverty areas, who will each mentor six Rodel Promising Student Teachers over three years. Upon graduation, these 252 student teachers commit to teach in high-poverty schools for a minimum of three years.

As an incentive, each student teacher who completes the program will receive a $10,000 savings bond. This year’s contributions from Bank One and SRP will fund 24 of these bonds as well as $10,000 in savings bonds for each of the four Rodel Exemplary Teachers.

The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920.