April 29, 2021

Two Burke organizations awarded for help with learning loss

Two Burke County organization were among the recipients of $1 million given by the Duke Energy Foundation to help students rebound from the effects of pandemic learning loss.

Burke Development Inc. received $15,000 for its engineering enrichment programs.

“We are very appreciative of the continued support of the Duke Energy Foundation for our Work in Burke program,” said Alan Wood, president and CEO of Burke Development. “These funds will be used to further our efforts to support STEM programs and reach students even earlier in their education process.”

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Morganton-based Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina received $10,000 for summer camp.

“Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is so grateful to receive a grant award from Duke Energy to go toward our STEAM and nature summer camp program, Our Big Backyard,” said Sophie Elliott, the conservancy’s development coordinator. “We thank everyone at Duke Energy for investing in the lives of youth in western North Carolina through this award and look forward to communicating our program outcomes.”

Fifty-one organizations in all received grants from the Duke Energy Foundation to fund summer learning, tutoring and other supplemental learning opportunities in underserved and minority communities to combat learning gaps created by the pandemic.

“After a difficult year for North Carolina’s students and families, we’re investing in programs that address the disproportionate learning loss among vulnerable communities and help put students on a path to academic success,” said Stephen De May, North Carolina president of Duke Energy.

The grants are part of Duke Energy’s ongoing commitment to support critical needs in the communities it serves. In 2020, Duke Energy donated $20 million in North Carolina, with more than 450 grants focused on social justice and racial equity, COVID-19 relief, K-12 education, workforce and nature.

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