11/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Baxter Donates Millions To Public Schools

Mayor Daley's goal of making science fun for Chicago Public School students -- and improving historically dismal science test scores -- got a $5 million shot in the arm Thursday.

Deerfield-based Baxter International made a five-year, $5 million donation with the potential to touch the lives of 75,000 junior high and high school students and improve the skills of 450 teachers by 2012.

Specifically, Baxter's generous Science@Work gift will include: $1 million to help launch two new Renaissance 2010 schools, each serving up to 600 students; $2 million to develop a Biotechnology Center of Excellence at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, where Baxter employees will volunteer, and $2 million to train 96 teachers each year, 66 or them at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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