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PPL Foundation Supports Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Education Programs

The PPL Foundation Tuesday announced the latest recipients of funds from its grant program, awarding nearly $600,000 to support 16 organizations working to empower the communities they serve.

Among the awards were grants to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Math education programs, including--

-- Bloomsburg University Foundation's Regional STEM Education Center received $30,000 to expand programming opportunities for students participating in the Center's Anchor program for youth in foster care, the Girls in STEM program and the STEM Adventure Camps.

-- Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology in Allentown received $25,000 to support a Science on the Move outreach vehicle, which will increase the number of students served through outreach programs in Northeast Pennsylvania.

-- Lancaster Science Center received $100,000 to support a new hands-on science exhibit and expansion of STEM programming.

-- Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation received $30,000 to support expansion of LCCC's STEM initiative to all three campuses (Schnecksville, Allentown and Tamaqua), including the STEM Academy, Women in STEM GROW mentoring program and the Science Technology Talent Showcase to recognize student achievement in STEM programs.

-- Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences received $55,000 to provide students the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences' summer program at Carnegie Mellon University.

-- Pocono Environmental Education Center in Pike County received $25,000 to support the development of the organization's Sustainability Lodge, an education center for the community.

-- Pocono Services for Families and Children received $45,000 to support the development of an outdoor classroom for use by hundreds of children attending the on-site child care center.

-- Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency received $25,000 for a program that will bring STEM curriculum to Head Start students in a four-county area as part of an initiative to provide high quality early childhood education in Northeast Pennsylvania.

-- Valley Youth House in the Lehigh Valley received $25,000 to provide a free, week-long overnight STEM camp for disadvantaged youth.

-- Wildlands Conservancy in the Lehigh Valley received $25,000 to support the expansion of a sensory trail, accommodating more visitors and improving the safety and accessibility of the parking area.

"Whether enhancing educational opportunities for students in our communities or providing disadvantaged workers what they need to achieve economic stability, there are many nonprofit organizations that are working to better the lives of the people who call our region home," said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. "The PPL Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the organizations that help make our communities safe, strong and sustainable."

For more information on this program, visit the PPL Foundation webpage.


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[Posted: Dec. 12, 2017]


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