MANNING - Clarendon School District Two was one of many recipients from across the state to receive grant funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to support K-12 education programs that focus on summer reading loss, STEM and experimental …
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MANNING - Clarendon School District Two was one of many recipients from across the state to receive grant funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to support K-12 education programs that focus on summer reading loss, STEM and experimental learning.
The foundation has given each of the grantees the opportunity for additional flexibility and the option to use the funds to address unforeseen operational challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Clarendon School District Two's grant totaling $14,000 was awarded to the district's iREAD (I Read, Explore and Discover) Summer Program. The program provides math and reading instruction for selected students in kindergarten through third grade.
The money will be used to provide hands-on math manipulative and books for students to build their at-home libraries. The money will also be used to provide programs like Mad Science and other enrichment opportunities. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, efforts will be made to provide the possibility for the programs to be conducted virtually, and hot spots may be purchased to ensure CSD2 student participation.
Mike Callahan, Duke Energy South Carolina president, said nonprofits are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
"Having the flexibility to move funds where they are needed most right now is critical to their success," Callahan said. "Funding these programs is significant, but helping organizations survive now so they can continue to deliver these services down the road just makes sense."
Madeleine McGee, Together SC president, agreed with Callahan.
"Duke Energy's thoughtful decision to permit grantees to redirect grant funds to move urgent COVID-19 needs is a brilliant move," she said. "These funds may well be what get these organizations and those they serve through the next few months."
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