Amazon funds computer science program, donates $30K in school supplies

Hamilton County Schools’ latest partnership with Amazon will benefit tens of thousands of students, officials said.

The American multinational technology company plans to fund a computer science initiative — influencing more than 21,700 Hamilton County students in 42 elementary schools as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon is also working with BootUp , a nonprofit professional development provider helping teachers bridge the equity skill gaps among the students.

The company’s commitment to the school district is part of a $50 million nationwide investment towards STEM education, primarily through the program. The area campuses will join more than 60 high schools and more than 80 elementary schools already participating in the program statewide.

Through a news release, Hamilton County Superintendent Bryan Johnson said the partnership will help the district reach one of its goals of students being prepared for success after graduation. The objective is part of the district’s Future Ready 2023 action plan.

“Computer skills are vital for young people, and the early start in this program for our elementary children will reap benefits while the students are in school and as they move forward in a college or career after they leave high school.”

In the same news release, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he looks forward to a future conversation with the teachers and students helped by the program.

On Friday the multibillion-dollar company went a step further in its efforts to support the school district with a $30,000 donation in school supplies.

Amazon employees delivered more than 11 pallets of supplies to Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School, located close to the 7200 Discovery Drive site.

The supplies were funded by Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center staffers, who collected $15,000 worth of school supplies. Their donation was matched by a $15,000 monetary donation by Amazon’s Seattle-based corporate office.

Tim Hensley, the district’s communication director, said the supplies will be shared districtwide.

Contact Monique Brand at or 423-757-6592. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook @MoBrandNews.

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