Disney recognized for supporting success of Orange County students and teachers

Filed in: About WDW, Beyond the Theme Parks, Cast Members, Making a Difference, Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 15, 2017 — Walt Disney World Resort has been recognized by Orange County Public Schools for its role in sparking children’s love of learning, recognizing outstanding students and providing donations and volunteer support with a 2017 Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition award.

The award, which spotlights a long-standing tradition by Walt Disney World Resort of supporting Orange County Public Schools, was given in recognition of the many ways the company is helping students and teachers to succeed in the classroom and beyond. During the past two years alone, Walt Disney World Resort has donated $1.8 million in monetary and in-kind contributions to Orange County Public Schools, and its Cast Members, known as Disney VoluntEARS, have given more than 17,000 hours of service.

“When Walt Disney World Resort and its Cast Members get involved in our public schools, we see students inspired to believe in themselves, determined to pursue their dreams, and empowered to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D., superintendent of Orange County Public Schools. “Whether it’s through donations or the many hours Disney VoluntEARS spend supporting our schools, Disney is helping us ensure that students in each of the five counties throughout Central Florida are prepared for college and careers. They are truly helping us lead our students to success.”

Most recently, the support Disney provided to Orange County Public Schools has included donating school supplies and welding machines, assisting elementary school students to stage their own Disney musical, and providing field trips for every eighth grader in the county to attend a theatrical performance at the Dr. Phillip’s Center for the Performing Arts. Each year, Walt Disney World Resort is also privileged to recognize Teachers of the Year and the exceptional character and accomplishments of hundreds of Orange County Public Schools students as Disney Dreamers and Doers.

“Walt Disney World Resort is proud to help Central Florida students discover the strength and vision within each one of them,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “Above all, we are honored to be among the community partners helping inspire creativity, encourage innovation and build the character of future community leaders.”

In addition to the assistance provided to Orange County Public Schools, Walt Disney World Resort is actively engaged in supporting children and families in the five counties throughout Central Florida. During the past two years alone the company has provided nearly $78 million in cash and in-kind donations along with tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service aimed at making a difference in our local neighborhoods and communities.