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NKY Organizations Among Duke Energy Education Grant Recipients

The Duke Energy Foundation announced grants worth $264,138 to assist programs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that support education.

The grants, which the company announced Wednesday at Cincinnati Public Schools’ Education Center, support energy, engineering, and environmental education programs to equip students with the skills needed for successful careers in the energy sector. They also aim to close the achievement gap that often separates low-income students from their peers by funding programs that prevent summer reading loss.

“We’re funding important initiatives that allow students to explore a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. “We’re also backing impressive and exciting programs that provide the resources and tools underserved children need to blossom into tomorrow’s leaders.”

The education grants announced today are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which is focused on building powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all.

Duke Energy and its Foundation, through various community investment vehicles, provided more than $2.9 million in support of Greater Cincinnati initiatives in 2018. In addition, the company’s employees and retirees contributed more than $1.2 million to area nonprofits, including United Way and ArtsWave, last year.

Here are the grants announced, with Northern Kentucky programs in bold:

Adventure Crew
$13,000 for environmental education and empowerment through outdoor adventure

Boone County School District
$10,000 for student energy teams and STEM clubs

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
$7,500 for Summer Passport to Encourage Reading program

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, Inc.
$12,000 to support early literacy and kindergarten readiness

Cincinnati Museum Center
$10,000 to stimulate interest in STEM and promote learning about energy, the environment and engineering

Cincinnati Public Schools
$19,738 for July Read and Ride literacy enrichment program

Contemporary Arts Center 
$5,000 for CAC Makerspace sessions for participants to explore engineering, tech, science and art methods

Covington Partners in Prevention
$5,000 for summer youth program to eliminate learning loss for Covington students

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
$9,000 for summer tutoring to address summer slide in math and reading

Imago, Inc.
$14,400 to expand environmental education program to CPS’ Academy of World Languages

$12,000 to provide hands-on STEM learning opportunities to students from low-income areas

Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
$10,000 to sustain and grow reading programs for economically disadvantaged students

Miami University
$10,000 for student case study competition focused on critical issues in the energy industry

Northern Kentucky Education Council Inc.
$15,000 to help struggling young students with the support they need to be successful in reading and math

Northern Kentucky University Foundation Inc.
$32,000 for teachers to participate in high-quality, classroom-embedded professional development in STEM subjects

Ohio River Foundation
$10,000 for hands-on programs that allow students to learn about river ecology, pollution and habitat protection

Partnership for Innovation in Education
$20,000 for immersion learning labs that provide hands-on STEM education and experiences for underserved students

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
$15,000 for Summer Adventure program to help children prevent summer learning loss

Teach for America
$10,000 to increase the number of STEM teachers in Greater Cincinnati schools as well as strengthening their impacts on students

Thomas More University
$14,500 for high school students to attend an immersive weeklong camp that provides hands-on activities in STEM and other topics

University of Cincinnati Foundation
$10,000 to support gardening and 3D-printing clubs for middle schoolers to explore STEM topics and future careers

-Staff report