New Castle County Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on July 15.

Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) partnered with the New Castle County Vocational-Technical (NCCVT) School District to donate tables and chairs from the College’s Lightning Café to Academia Antonia Alonso (La Academia), a dual-language charter school in Wilmington.

On her tenth day as GBC president, Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D. welcomed a team of NCCVT school district workers who loaded more than 30 cafeteria tables, 100 chairs and headed to La Academia. Four trucks delivered enough furniture to outfit two teacher’s lounges and a parents’ section in the cafeteria.

“I am delighted that Goldey-Beacom College could partner with New Castle County Vo-Tech to make this donation of furniture happen for Academia Antonia Alonso,” said Dr. Keith. “To know that this furniture will have continued use in a multicultural setting to support the education of young people makes us proud and underscores that partnerships will make great things happen in our community.”

“Often overlooked, café furniture plays such an important role in the aesthetic tone of a school,” said Executive Director of La Academia, Mercedes Alonso. “For La Academia it will certainly enhance life and eating by providing opportunity to relax and socialize at all meal times. What a great start to our year!”

Each day on the Goldey-Beacom College campus, concrete trucks and backhoes continue construction for the College’s $30 million project, scheduled for completion in fall 2020. It includes the construction of the new William A. Franta Residence Hall and the renovation and expansion of the Joseph West Jones Center providing a new event space with enhanced dining services and athletics facilities for students.

The renovations include clearing desks, chairs and other furniture to make room for upcoming renovations. The College is committed to engaging the community it serves and will find new homes for all items in good condition.

The College recently outfitted more than five classrooms in the NCCVT School District with 160 sleigh desks. District superintendent Joseph M. Jones, Ed.D., was happy to pay it forward and offered their trucks to transport the cafeteria furniture to La Academia. “It’s important for us to support one another for the betterment of students,” he said. “What a great example of a cross-organizational partnership!”

NCCVT School District delivers world-class Career and Technical programs combined with rigorous academic curricula to equip students with the 21st century skills that will best serve the State of Delaware, and the global community.

Academia Antonia Alonso (La Academia) is a public elementary school. It is free to the public. La Academia is the first dual-language elementary school in Delaware with a focus on nurturing bilingual, biliterate and multicultural children.

Founded in 1886, the College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, English, and all areas of business. With alumni from 26 states and 66 nations, Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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