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Roosevelt Partner Rackspace Hosting receives EEE Award

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Roosevelt cluster robotics students stand in front of the world's largest word search during a tour at Rackspace Hosting.

From mentoring to donations to lunchtime visits, Texas businesses large and small are an integral part of many Texas public schools.  In recognition of this support, the State Board of Education today named 12 Texas employers as recipients of the 2013 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award. Designed to promote more community involvement in the public schools, the EEE Award recognizes employers who implement policies that encourage employee involvement in school activities.

Rackspace Hosting is one of the twelve honored businesses. The longtime Roosevelt High School partner received a Gold Recipient Award for their dedication to giving back. Rackspace Hosting employees, or Rackers, as they are known, generously donate their time and money within the community in which they work. Rackers strongly support schools and education through the Rackspace Foundation and Rack Gives Back.

The Rackspace Foundation enables employees to pledge funds out of the paychecks to invest in the neighborhood surrounding the company’s headquarters located within the boundaries of the North East Independent School District.  All proceeds from the foundation are invested in enrichment programs in the local community schools.

Rack Gives Back is a volunteer and grant program that supports the arts and culture, as well as education and technology.  This program supports the NEISD schools and communities with FIRST robotics, food drives, mentor programs, beautification programs, service projects and special events.  Overall, about 59 percent of the Rackspace employees volunteer in their local communities and schools, logging more than 15,000 volunteer hours.

“Congratulations to these businesses on this recognition of their support of our Texas public schools,” said Barbara Cargill, chair of the State Board of Education. “I would like to thank these employers and their employees for taking the time to mentor and work with these students and their schools.”

The EEE Awards are given in three categories – Gold, Silver and Bronze. For the 2013 award, 11 companies received a gold award and one company received a silver award.

Winners in the Gold Award category have implemented policies that: encourage and support employees who attend parent-teacher conferences; encourage employees to volunteer in school activities; and support employees that participate in student mentoring programs.

Posted on September 30, 2013