Knox Education Foundation gets $220K gift

Susan EspirituDowntown

SouthEast Bank demonstrates dedication to supporting local schools with a generous $220,000 donation to the Knox Education Foundation (KEF). The foundation was formed in 2020 through the merger of the Great Schools Partnership Trust and Project GRAD Knoxville.

KEF’s unique role is essential in meeting the educational needs of Knox County students while also providing opportunities for businesses, community leaders, funders and stakeholders to directly impact public education. The bank’s contribution will strengthen public schools, improve student academic experiences and fund necessary educational programs.

“We are truly grateful for the incredible generosity of SouthEast Bank. Their investment in our schools will have a life-changing impact on our students,” said Mike Taylor, chief executive officer of the Knox Education Foundation. “This contribution will underwrite projects that strengthen classroom instruction, eliminate barriers to academic success and support students in their transition to post-secondary educational and employment opportunities.”

“The bank’s continuous push toward empowering education is one of the many reasons why SouthEast Bank is good to know,” said Kirby Burton, community reinvestment act officer.

A perfect match! The Knox Education Foundation created a public-private partnership with Knox County Schools, the third largest district in the Volunteer State serving more than 60,000 students from pre-K through 12th grade. SouthEast Bank works to support education, with over $23 million donated to achieving academic success since its founding.

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