Pacific Coast Lighting, Kathy Ireland Shine a Light on Education

LampsPlusElephantLampThe Elephant Tree lamp shade was designed by a student and supports The School Fund.

PALO ALTO, Calif.-Pacific Coast Lighting and licensee kathy ireland Worldwide have partnered with The School Fund, a California-based global education nonprofit, to launch Light for Education, which funds educational scholarships for students in 13 developing countries with the proceeds of student-created lamp shades.

The designs for the lamp shades were created by students currently supported by The School Fund and reflect the culture and heritage of their homelands. Now available for sale at, the designs were chosen by entrepreneur Kathy Ireland and a team from The School Fund and include village and landscape scenes, animals such as flamingos and elephants, and the Hindu God Ganesh. Featuring custom-printed giclee art shades and a brushed steel stem and base, the lamps retail for $99.99 and include the name of the student who created the artwork.

"School should be free and accessible by everyone--especially in countries where education is needed the most--but tragically that's not the case," said Matt Severson, founder and president of The School Fund. "Kathy Ireland is a committed advocate for students around the globe and we're proud to partner with kiWW and PCL to ensure that more students have access to the benefits that education brings. We couldn't be more excited to be working with these outstanding companies to not only bring these heartwarming products to market but also to change the lives of students from the developing world."

Ireland, CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide and a member of The School Fund Advisory Board, said, "It is a privilege to experience young geniuses creatively expressing their design talents for the Light for Education campaign with The School Fund and Pacific Coast Lighting...At a time when arts programs in schools are underfunded and when financial needs for children and education are great, programs such as this one make a tremendous difference."

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