SAN ANTONIO — Two plastics efforts related to education were scheduled to receive significant donations on Feb. 21.
The National Plastics Center planned to present the Society of Plastics Engineers with $200,000 to support the PlastiVan program, which sends PlastiVans to schools and companies throughout North America to educate people about the chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications of plastics.
“The PlastiVan program brings the science of plastics to grades K-12 to both educate and inspire these students to continue with careers in the plastics industry,” said Jay Gardiner, president of Gardiner Plastics Inc., who presented the check to SPE on behalf of the National Plastics Center Board.
The National Plastics Center, a nonprofit institution dedicated to preserving the past, addressing the present and promoting the future of plastics through public education and awareness, recognized SPE for its unwavering commitment to the growth of the PlastiVan program. The $200,000 donation is in addition to a previous $47,000 donation from the National Plastics Center to ensure the growth and future of the PlastiVan program.
The donation was scheduled to be presented during the Plastics Pioneers Association's winter meeting in San Antonio.