Duke Energy Foundation’s ‘Powerful Communities’ Program Awards More Than $440K in Education Grants

(UNDATED) – Any teacher can tell you about the warm glow of satisfaction when a student, after much struggle, finally “gets it.” It’s an almost magical moment that is not soon forgotten.

The Duke Energy Foundation is enabling more and more of those magical moments in 2019 through $448,250 in grants to more than 30 schools and other educational organizations throughout the company’s Indiana service territory.
“Teachers are some of the most dedicated professionals I know, but they need resources to help students learn effectively,” said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy state president for Indiana. “We are proud to award these grants to help keep vital resources flowing into K-12 classrooms and programs.”
According to the Indiana Literacy Association, “Approximately 25 percent of Indiana fourth grade students have not mastered minimal reading skills. Fourth-grade reading levels are a critical turning point because fourth-grade students are no longer learning to read, they must read to learn.”
The schools and programs receiving grants this year include many summer reading initiatives, but they also feature a wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, programs aimed at all age groups. One example is the Indiana 4-H Foundation which will use its grant to help local 4-H clubs give members opportunities in engineering design, computer programming, and other STEM-related skills.
Indiana organizations receiving the 2019 K-12 education grants include:

  • Metropolitan School District of Martinsville -$15,000
  • North Lawrence Community Schools – $10,000
  • Salem Community Schools Corporation -$10,000
  • Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools – $25,100
  • Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County – $13,500
  • Milan Community Schools – $15,000
  • Zionsville Education Foundation – $25,000
  • Purdue University – $35,000
  • Bauer Family Resources – $10,000
  • Crossroads of America Council, BSA – $15,000
  • Franklin Community Schools – $10,000
  • Plainfield Community Schools – $3,650
  • Avon Education Foundation, Inc. – $20,000
  • United Way of Howard County – $20,000
  • Indiana State University – $80,000
  • Indiana 4-H Foundation – $15,000
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – $12,500
  • Vincennes Community School Corporation – $10,000
  • Metropolitan School District of North Posey County – $10,000
  • United Way Metro – $10,000
  • Greater Clark County Schools – $15,000
  • Crawford County Community School Corporation – $15,000
  • New Albany / Floyd County Schools – $10,000
  • Silver Creek Primary – $3,500
  • Westfield Washington Schools – $10,000
  • United Way of Central Indiana – $5,000
  • North Vermillion Community Schools – $10,000
  • Ivy Tech Foundation, Inc. – $10,000
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame – $ 5,000

Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the US. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit. Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.
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Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.