Students in Rock Hill School District Three are able to get a little more space this school year thanks, in part, to funding provided to the Rock Hill School District Foundation by Atlas Copco Compressors. The “Get Active! Spaces for Student Success” grant was awarded in 2019 to Sullivan Middle School. The grant was provided to establish innovative and active-learning tools that create personalized learning spaces for students with emotional/medical/behavioral challenges. These students, who benefit from learning spaces that offer choice, movement and flexibility, are being seen in continually increasing numbers in the school district. “As a priority school, it is imperative that research-based opportunities for student growth be used to improve academics,” Sullivan Middle School social studies teacher Kay Knoph explained in her grant application. “This project would increase student engagement, behavior and performance and help move our school toward its academic goals.” The Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation, which aims to promote a collaborative alliance between the community and the Rock Hill School District, has received $855,000 in educator grants since its inception. These grants provide funding and resources to support educational initiatives. With a slogan stating, “We begin where tax dollars end,” the foundation’s many programs are built around nutrition, innovation and celebration. They have helped close to 18,000 students in Rock Hill. “Community is a major priority for us here at Atlas Copco, and we are proud to work with the Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation,” said Paul Humphreys, vice president of communications within Atlas Copco Compressors. “The continual growth of these students is of the utmost importance — both for their future and the future of this community. It is these students that we will look to be the future of our company in this region, and Atlas Copco wants to be sure they are growing up with the resources they need to succeed.” Knoph was familiar with the grant programs and community assistance provided by Atlas Copco, as her late father was an employee of Atlas Copco and provided technical support for compressors for many years. This connection gave this grant an undeniably special bond. Her father, John Shoemaker, passed away in February 2018. Atlas Copco Compressors is a Gold Partner to the Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation. To learn more about Atlas Copco’s community involvement programs, please visit www.atlascopco.com/char-rock or contact Paul Humphreys or Erin Heaney.