Company Donates to PACES

A $1,000 check was presented by Liberty Fuels to the Parents and Community Equals Success project. It was started to foster partnerships between the school district, community leaders, businesses and parents and students.

Officials say the project has led to a higher college enrollment rate and higher ACT scores.

"North American Coal has always been a supporter of education," said Liberty Fuels president, Vern Lund. "We know that everything starts with education. Building leaders of tomorrow you have to have a solid ground work in place. And it starts with education."

"They have the opportunity to be mentored by people from local companies, as well as the other thing that we do is to have the young people work in community service," said PACES coordinator, Bernard Joe Hulin. "They work for United Way. they also have done things for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and safe sleeping habits for children."

Officials say PACES this year is helping provide college campus visits for students, as well as college prep and incentive programs.