Smithfield Foods, Inc., Smithfield, Va., announced a $3 million donation to Isle of Wight County Schools, Smithfield, Va., to fund an innovative and multifaceted educational program known as the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project. This gift fulfills the district's capital campaign for an educational plan benefiting both Smithfield High School and Windsor High School.

At Smithfield High School, the donation will fund a program with on-campus facilities and resources to prepare students for their college and professional careers, and to serve as active members in their community, including:

  • MakerSpace, a state-of-the-art facility that gives students the opportunity to conduct research as well as design and develop products. The space will be fitted with 3D printers and other emerging technologies to offer a collaborative, hands-on learning environment.
  • Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) fieldhouse provides ample classroom space and equipment storage as well as room for drill and competition practice. The new facility offers JROTC participants with the resources they need to prepare for a military career.
  • Multipurpose Pavilion for hosting academic ceremonies and joint school-community events. Students will be able to use the space for presentations, exhibitions and gatherings that foster community engagement.

"Whether students are continuing their education or entering the workforce, we are committed to helping them prepare for the future and make that next step a successful transition," says Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods. "We are confident that this innovative project will lead to a life-changing experience for students, as we have seen how nurturing new ideas — big and small — continues to transform Smithfield into a leading global food company."