Local education given boost via Duke Energy grants

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — The Duke Energy Foundation on Tuesday approved 22 grants totaling $312,000 to support K-12 education across Indiana, with more than $70,000 coming to the Wabash Valley.

Grant recipients range from reading and STEM programs at local schools to educational camps offered by local organizations and colleges.

Duke Energy manager Rick Burger said these grants are important. “That’s the future of our workforce, not just Duke Energy but the workforce in our communities that we serve and we live in,” he said. “It’s so important to keep these kids engaged and challenged, so we’re preparing for the future of the workforce — not just today but for the future too.”

The Wabash Valley recipients were:

Vigo County School Corporation — $15,000 for a program will serve students in
kindergarten through 2nd grade, throughout the duration of the summer, enhancing STEM curriculum.

Chances and Services for Youth — $11,000 for a camp focused on reducing the “brain drain”
over summer months to offer educational programs to engage children.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology — $10,000 for a summer professional development
opportunity for 6th–12th grade Indiana STEM teachers.

South Vermillion Community Schools — $15,000 for the SV Summer Reading Club inviting
incoming kindergarten students to the Kindergarten Round-Up reading program.

Vincennes Community School Corporation — $10,000 for the Washington Learning Academy Incentive Program.

North Knox Primary School — $10,000 for a two-week summer reading program for 1st and 2nd graders.

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