Duke Energy Foundation donates funds for school supplies
Duke Energy District Manager Mindy Taylor made stops at three Florence County Schools district offices last week to present grant awards of more that $10,000 to purchase school supplies.
In August, the Duke Energy Foundation announced it would provide nearly $200,000 in small grants to schools across the Palmetto State to help teachers fill any gaps in classroom supplies. The grants are part of an initiative focused on projects to help underserved communities thrive and prosper.
The effort focuses on schools that have 75 percent or more of their students who qualify for free and reduced lunches in the company’s South Carolina service territory. In all, 43 districts including 275 schools are eligible to file for the grants.
“Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair chance at academic success,” said Taylor.
Florence 1 Schools were given a check for $4,200. Florence 3 Schools received a grant for $5,600, and Florence 5 Schools were the recipient of a $1,400 grant.
The Florence 1 schools that will benefit from the grant include Dewey Carter Elementary, Lester Elementary, North Vista Elementary, Palmetto Youth Academy, Timrod Elementary and Wallace-Gregg Elementary.
Each qualifying school is eligible for up to $700 in grant funds to purchase basic school supplies for students in need.
“The Duke Energy Grant received by these local schools will allow our students to receive much needed school supplies,” said Florence 1 Schools Director of Elementary Education Lorna McBride who applied for the funding. “The overall focus of Florence 1 Schools is Students First. This grant provides an avenue for students to feel comfortable and confident in knowing they have what is needed to complete their assignments. In short, it is another way to utilize tools that will ensure success for all students,” she added.