Pacific Coast Lighting, Kathy Ireland Worldwide partner with education nonprofit
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 8/26/2013 1:28:01 PM
Pacific Coast Lighting and Kathy Ireland Worldwide have partnered with The School Fund, a California-based global education nonprofit, to improve access to attend high school for students living in low-income countries.
As part of the "Light for Education" partnership, original artwork from students supported by The School Fund will be used as the designs for a new line of lampshades being launched by Kathy Ireland Worldwide this month. Proceeds from the lamps will be used to fund education scholarships for students in the 13 developing countries the organization supports.
For the Light for Education program, students currently supported by The School Fund created bright and colorful original artwork that reflected the unique culture and heritage of their homelands. A team from The School Fund along with entrepreneur and philanthropist Kathy Ireland selected designs to be used on lamp shades in the collection. The designs are available for sale at LampsPlus.com.
"School should be free and accessible by everyone -- especially in countries where education is needed the most -- but tragically that's not the case," said Matt Severson, founder and president of The School Fund. "Kathy Ireland is a committed advocate for students around the globe and we're proud to partner with kiWW and PCL to ensure that more students have access to the benefits that education brings.
"We couldn't be more excited to be working with these outstanding companies to not only bring these heart-warming products to market but also to change the lives of students from the developing world."
"It is a privilege to experience young geniuses creatively expressing their design talents for the ‘Light for Education' Campaign with The School Fund and Pacific Coast Lighting," said Ireland, CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide and a member of The School Fund Advisory Board. "Matt Severson of The School Fund and Clark Linstone at Pacific Coast Lighting have collaborated to give these students an opportunity to share their gifts with the world.
"At a time when arts programs in schools are underfunded and when financial needs for children and education are great, programs such as this one make a tremendous difference. Please visit LampsPlus.com/The-School-Fund and join our family and colleagues all over the world in supporting the wonderful work of The School Fund art project from PCL."
"We're very excited about the partnership," said Clark Linstone, president of Pacific Coast Lighting. "As the manufacturer for the Kathy Ireland Home Collection, we're delighted that our capacity to produce custom-printed lamp shades can be utilized to help fulfill the dreams of students across the world."
According to The School Fund, more than 71 million children across the globe cannot attend high school because they live in poverty. Data from the organization shows that in countries where most people live on less than $1 a day, each year of schooling translates into a 10% increase in an individual's potential income.
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