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3M issues grant to robotics club at Kickapoo

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Springfield Robotics Club, a program housed at Springfield Public Schools' Kickapoo High School, has received support from Saint Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM).

The company, which operates a plant in northeast Springfield, issued a $20,000 grant to the robotics club, according to a news release from SPS this week. The grant came through 3M’s diversity and equity program.

“Here at Kickapoo, we know that we are only successful as a whole if all those within our community have access to the same resources and opportunities,” said Betsy Cannella, co-coach of Springfield Robotics, in the release. “Part of our focus is to bring more resources and opportunities to more diverse populations within our student body, our feeder schools and our community.”

The competitive robotics club also was the recent recipient of a $2,735 donation from the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools' back-to-school grant program. The grant was among $219,179 issued by the foundation last week.

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