FREMONT, CA -- Underserved elementary and middle school students are learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) thanks to two local business organizations' support for San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo's "STEM with Mayor Sam" program.
Fremont's RK Logistics Group teamed up with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation to provide funds for the Mayor's innovative educational outreach program, whose goal is "to inspire scientific curiosity and wonder in students, and to educate parents on the value and importance of STEM education."
The program engages students, their families, school staff, scientists and engineers, and Mayor Sam Liccardo in on-site meetings at schools. Discussions and presentations cover the importance of a quality STEM education and include a fun, educational and interactive STEM activity and Elevate Math sessions.
"Encouraging kids at early ages to take an interest in math, science and technology is the key to developing the next generation of engineering and technology innovators," said Rod Kalune, CEO of RK Logistics Group. "We're thrilled to join with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and Mayor Liccardo to support this important educational initiative."
The $1,000 contribution to the Mayor's STEM program was made on behalf of Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, who donated an honorarium he received for speaking at an RK Logistics-sponsored industry conference.
"We're grateful to have companies like RK Logistics that care about the well-being of our Valley and the success of future generations," said Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. "STEM with Mayor Sam strikes a crucial balance, piquing student's interest in STEM, while at the same time engaging the parents to support their child's interest in STEM."
A privately-held minority business enterprise, Fremont-based RK Logistics Group is a growing local company with over 500 employees. The recent addition of a 50,000 square-foot warehouse near RK's headquarters in Fremont, CA brings the total to 14 supply chain operations in the San Francisco Bay Area representing over 800,000 square feet of warehousing, distribution and order fulfillment capacity.
RK is also an industry leader in adopting robotics-assisted order picking and fulfillment technologies, and creating special industry-specific programs, such as sequencing parts into lean production lines at automotive and technology equipment factories, and just-in-time (JIT) deliveries to construction sites.
In addition, RK Logistics is a California Board of Pharmacy-certified 3PL, signifying that the company meets or exceeds state requirements for handling medical devices, controlled substances and sensitive diagnostic equipment for pharmaceutical and high-value biomedical device firms. Only two logistics companies in northern California, 16 in the state, and 35 in the entire U.S. have achieved this distinction.
ABOUT RK LOGISTICS GROUP -- RK Logistics is a premier 3PL provider of full-spectrum, customized supply chain services for the world's most demanding customers. RK's manufacturing support, warehousing, order fulfillment and transportation services feature lean practices, ISO-9001 and CA Board of Pharmacy 3PL Certifications, which is unique to a family-owned business. RK Logistics is also a certified minority business enterprise. For more information, go to www.rklogisticsgroup.com
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