The Excellence in Volunteerism Program was started in 2019 by the Corning Incorporated Foundation to recognize Corning employees who help make Corning communities vibrant by volunteering their free time at non-profit organizations. Nominated employees are able to designate a non-profit organization for a $1,000 grant from the Corning Incorporated Foundation.
Shawn Markham, Corning Engineering Fellow, has chosen the band program at King Middle School to receive this grant.
The money has been used to help purchase a new tuba for KMS band program that can be used by students for years to come. Erica Ashford, band director, said, “The KMS band program is very grateful for this donation by the Corning Foundation and Shawn Markham. Running a band program can be costly at times, and any support we can get from local businesses helps a great deal.”