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NKY Education Programs Receive Funding from Duke Energy

The Duke Energy Foundation announced $217,500 in grants for education programs across the Cincinnati region including four in Northern Kentucky.

Most of the funding for the 16 local grantees is aimed at reversing academic declines due to recent in-person learning gaps among K-12 students across Greater Cincinnati, a news release said. This includes the common “summer slide” and emerging “COVID slide.”

“Across the board, we’re continuing to invest in organizations and programs that are driving positive change in communities across this region,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. “These education grants are vital now more than ever, as many students may have fallen behind academically, emotionally or both due to the pandemic and remote learning.”

In Northern Kentucky:

  • Boone County Schools was awarded $10,000 to support its student energy and STEM teams across the district, which serves more than 20,000 K-12 students. These teams study how energy is used in school buildings and help implement programs to reduce energy consumption, among other activities. The extracurricular opportunities aim to increase awareness among students of the potential education and career opportunities in various STEM fields.
  • This summer, more than 800 students from Covington Independent Public Schools attended Camp Covington, which received a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy. The annual camp, a partnership between the school district, Covington Partners and other local groups, provides academic support, enrichment programs and fitness activities at no cost to students or their families. This summer’s program was specially designed to address the learning loss many students experienced as a result of virtual learning. It also served students’ mental health needs as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
  • Northern Kentucky Education Council was granted $15,000 to train volunteers for its One-to-One reading and math program for students in first through third grades. One-to-One is a post-pandemic strategy to reverse the “COVID slide” for children who are struggling with learning loss and gaps in achievement. Coaches tutor children weekly to help put them on a desired trajectory in their reading and math skills while improving attitudes, self-efficacy and motivation. The coaches also engage parents in their children’s literacy learning by teaching effective reading strategies that kids need to be successful readers.
  • Northern Kentucky University received a $30,000 grant for its Center for Integrative Natural Science & Mathematics (CINSAM). Established in 2000, CINSAM offers professional development for teachers of fourth through eighth grade students across Northern Kentucky. While the training typically aims to enhance the teaching, learning and application of STEM topics, the curriculum for the 2021-22 school year addresses the specific needs of students who may be behind academically due to the constraints of recent remote and socially distanced learning.

-Staff report

Photo: Covington Board of Education building (RCN file)