May 17th, 2012

Phoenix-area companies take on role as class sponsors

By Amy B Wang

In the hallways of the Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise, two small plaques hang on the walls outside the second and fifth grades. They don’t announce room numbers or teachers’ names. Instead, they indicate the classes are sponsored by businesses: one by a cab company, the other by a bank.

Last year, the K-12 charter school began soliciting local companies to sponsor their classrooms. The pitch: For $2,500 a year, a company receives a plaque and commits to visiting their “adopted” class once a month.

Two companies have signed up so far: Total Transit, the parent company of Discount Cab, which sponsors the school’s two fifth-grade classrooms; and National Bank of Arizona, which sponsors second-graders.

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