Duke Energy Awards K-12 Education Grants

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The Duke Energy Foundation awards more than $300,000 in grants to two dozen K-12 education programs in Indiana communities. The foundation says the grants will support a variety of educational programs, including summer reading programs, STEM education, programs that support underrepresented, low-income, or diverse populations, as well as efforts to reverse academic decline caused by COVID-19.

“Our educators and students face tremendous teaching and learning challenges as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “It’s more important than ever to support and invest in opportunities for our children in the communities we serve so they can thrive and reach their full potential.”

Grants will support programs based in Clark, Daviess, Hamilton, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Ripley, Shelby, Tippecanoe and Vigo counties.

The grant recipients and amounts are listed below:

  • Avon Foundation for Education (Hendricks County) – $10,000 to purchase smart speakers that teach kids to code while learning about artificial intelligence.
  • Brownsburg Educational Foundation (Hendricks County) – $10,000 to purchase classroom supplies and materials for students enrolled in Project Lead the Way classes at Brownsburg High School.
  • Camp Navigate (Vigo County) – $5,000 to support the Camp Navigate Character Store.
  • Carmel Educational Foundation (Hamilton County) – $10,000 to purchase robotics kits for each of Carmel Clay’s three colleges. The funds will also support the Lead the Way project’s curriculum focusing on collisions and energy conversion.
  • Clark-Pleasant Education Foundation (Johnson County) – $7,600 to purchase equipment for engineering classes at Whiteland Community High School, including a desktop wind tunnel and 3D printers.
  • Monroe County Community Schools Foundation (Monroe County) – $15,700 to support specialized training for elementary and middle school teachers to address math learning gaps due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
  • Northern Indiana-Michiana Girl Scouts (Huntington County) – $5,000 to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which aims to nurture and champion the ambitions of girls by providing them with the environment, knowledge and skills they need to realize their potential.
  • Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County (Shelby County) – $10,000 to provide scholarships for girls from underserved communities to attend the Girls Inc. Summer Literacy Program of Shelbyville and Shelby County.
  • Hannover College (Jefferson County) – $15,000 to support the college’s summer STEM enrichment program, which aims to increase the number of underserved high school students attending college and introduce them to fields and careers in STEM.
  • Indiana State University (Statewide) – $40,000 to support ISU’s Power of Reading and Power of Math Summits, which provide teachers the opportunity to hear speakers who offer new techniques and research to help improve literacy. teaching and student achievement from kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • Ivy Tech Foundation (Vigo County) – $10,000 to support Cob and Cog, an annual competition held at the Terre Haute campus of Ivy Tech Community College in which area high school students compete in STEM-related challenges.
  • Kokomo School Corp. (Howard County) – $20,000 to support the district’s summer READ UP with STEM! Discovery program for students entering grades K-3.
  • Manufacturer13 (Clark County) – $10,000 to expand the nonprofit’s experiential learning program into underserved communities and connect local youth with employers in STEM-related industries.
  • Maker Foundation for Youth (Hamilton County) – $27,230 to support the “Maker Youth Foundation’s Saturn Program: A Renewable Energy Mobile Field Experience and Design Challenge”.
  • Milan Community Schools (Ripley County) – $10,270 to enable Milan Community Schools to offer a summer learning camp for at-risk students filled with STEM, literacy, and social and emotional learning.
  • Indianapolis Minority Engineering Program (Marion County) – $10,000 to purchase supplies and equipment for minority students pursuing studies in engineering and information technology.
  • Mitchell Community Schools (Lawrence County) – $14,274 to purchase supplies for digital fabrication and STEM programming at Shoals Middle School, Burris Elementary School and Orleans Elementary School.
  • Martinsville Metropolitan School District (Morgan County) – $13,715 for a reading remedial program for students in need of extra support.
  • New Castle Community School Society. (Henry County) – $9,419 to support Wilbur Wright Elementary’s reading remedial program for first and second graders.
  • Purdue University (Tippecanoe County) – $20,000 to support the university’s Trailblazers program, which provides expert mentorship and faculty development to historically underrepresented populations.
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Vigo County) – $12,960 to support a summer professional development opportunity for Indiana STEM teachers in grades six through 12.
  • TechPoint Youth Foundation (Hendricks County) – $10,000 to support the State Robotics Initiative, which aims to engage traditionally underrepresented youth in STEM to train the next generation of leaders in the field.
  • Vincennes Community School Corp. (Knox County) – $10,000 for the district to deliver Project Lead the Way programming.
  • Washington Carnegie Public Library (Daviess County) – $10,000 to support “STEMspiration: Changing the Equation,” an after-school STEM program that aims to prepare students to step into and hold future STEM jobs in the community.

Over the past three years, the foundation says it has awarded 76 grants totaling more than $1.1 million to nonprofit organizations.

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