Walt Disney World donates $100K to OCPS

The donation will go to support STEM education in the district.

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Orange County Public Schools received a major surprise from Walt Disney World on Tuesday, April 4. 

Disney is donating $100,000 to support STEM education in the district. 

The announcement came when Disney welcomed local teachers and community leaders for a special preview of TRON Lightcycle/Run presented by Enterprise. Attendees also had the opportunity to experience the attraction.

“We can always count on Disney to provide for our schools and students in innovative, fun and thoughtful ways," OCPS Superintendent Dr. Maria Vazquez. "This generous donation will help our teachers bring STEM to life in the classroom and will help provide our students with experiences they’ll treasure for a lifetime."

Rena Langley, senior vice president of communications and public affairs at Walt Disney World Resort, said the donation builds on the company’s legacy of supporting local schools, students and teachers, while also empowering the next generation of diverse storytellers.

“This continued commitment ensures that our future innovators receive the skills and hands-on experiences they need to dream about their futures, build their talents and become who they imagine they can be – which could one day lead them to a career at Disney,” she said.

Disney donated more than $6.5 million in grants to more than 60 nonprofits during its 50th anniversary celebration, which concluded in March. 

In addition, Disney cast members volunteered more than 233,000 hours at local organizations through the Disney VoluntEARS Program.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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