|[January 29, 2014]
Rent-A-Center Helps to Extend Learning beyond the School Day
DALLAS --(Business Wire)--
Kids-U, formerly known as Dallas Community Lighthouse, today received 16
tablet computers valued at $4,000 from Rent-A-Center. The donation is
tied to a philanthropic initiative dubbed Random Acts of Caring.
Launched in 2008, the initiative provides unexpected donations of
merchandise and funding to deserving nonprofits across the country.
Founded in 2002 by Diana Baker and Paula DeGroat, the mission of Kids-U
is to assist at-risk students in achieving academic success by providing
free on-site, after-school tutoring in low-income apartment communities.
Kids-U was also presented with an unexpected check for $1,000. The funds
will be used to provide additional resources and educational support to
Kids-U's eight Dallas area locations.
"It is important in today's digital world that the economically
disadvantaed children we work with have access to the latest
technology," said Diane Baker, executive director at Kids-U. "Often
these low-income students fall behind their peers as a result of the
growing technology divide. The addition of the tablets at our Kids-U
sites will have a huge impact on our students."
"We selected Kids-U in recognition of the organization's efforts in
meeting the needs and improving the lives of at-risk youth," said
Kenneth Jones, public affairs manager at Rent-A-Center. "Today marks the
95th Random Act of Caring undertaken since Rent-A-Center
launched this initiative to support the communities it serves."
Kids-U (formerly Dallas Community Lighthouse) was founded in November of
2002 to address one of the most profound problems in Dallas: children
not completing their education. Kids-U currently operates eight sites
serving over 300 children daily and more than 250 adults monthly through
supportive programs designed to empower families through education.
Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates
more than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and
Mexico. The Company employs over 20,000 coworkers. Learn more at www.rentacenter.com.
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