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LANXESS Corporation donates high-tech science lab to Neighborhood Academy

  • $100,000 investment in future scientists
  • Partnership with Xplore Science with LANXESS program
  • 10-year anniversary of school’s opening
  • Ribbon cutting of new campus

LANXESS Corporation will celebrate the opening of the new Neighborhood Academy campus featuring a $100,000 science lab donated by the Xplore Science with LANXESS program.

“I am proud of this partnership with the Neighborhood Academy,” said Randy Dearth, President and CEO of LANXESS Corporation. “My hope is that this lab will be the catalyst that keeps these students studying science well into college. That is the purpose of the Xplore Science with LANXESS program, and it is a perfect fit for the Neighborhood Academy.”

Dearth went on to add, “In three to five years, when some of these students are majoring in chemistry in college, I will know that our program helped guide them in that career. That’s exciting!”

The Xplore Science with LANXESS program will work closely with Neighborhood Academy teachers and students as the academic year progresses.

Bridget McCourt, Public Affairs Manager for LANXESS Corporation, is working to make sure that the students at the Neighborhood Academy have what they need for science class, “Through our chemists we have access to equipment and knowledge that can be easily shared with teachers and students.”

"Not only is LANXESS the largest donor to our Forging Futures Capital Campaign, but, as evidenced by their science program, their corporate commitment to student/teacher engagement is heartfelt and genuine,” said Neighborhood Academy co-founder and president Jodie Moore.

The school opened its doors on September 12, 2001, the day after one of the greatest tragedies in U.S. history. Ten years later, the school will leave its rented space in Garfield's Champion Commons and begin the academic year on a brand-new campus at 709 North Aiken Avenue. "With the new campus, our school finally has a home of its own. It means so much for our community — students, staff, donors such as LANXESS Corporation — to celebrate this achievement as we look forward to The Neighborhood Academy's next decade," said Ms. Moore.

The 8 a.m. ceremony will include remarks by Allegheny County Council President Rich Fitzgerald and will be followed by student-led tours of the campus, which includes a state-of-the-art indoor soccer field that will be run in partnership with Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community.

For more information on the ceremony or new campus, please contact Amanda Mushrush at 724.541.2658 or email


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 16,800 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 49 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.

Leverkusen,      2012

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