September 16, 2005
RICHMOND, Va. – The Dominion Foundation is awarding grants this year totaling $210,000 to schools throughout its service areas to strengthen math and science skills of students in grades K-12.
- An Ohio primary school -- $4,500 to help create a permanent conservation station at the school.
- A Pennsylvania school -- $5,000 to provide disadvantaged students the opportunity to assess community environmental issues and broadcast their findings on the radio.
- A Virginia high school -- $4,000 for a study of DNA and to learn about minority scientists from different countries and cultures.
- A West Virginia elementary school -- $4,200 so students can study the ocean by building ocean structures and creating a saltwater habitat.
The program provides grants of up to $5,000 to help schools and teachers strengthen the math and science skills of students in grades K-12. For the 2005-06 school year, the Dominion Foundation funded 79 grants to schools and educational organizations in its service areas in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Since the program began in 1996, Dominion has awarded more than $1.5 million throughout its service areas.
Community and educational leaders as well as Dominion staff evaluated the proposals. They were judged on creativity, effective evaluation methods and the ability to increase student learning in math and/or science.
The Dominion Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with an energy portfolio of about 28,100 megawatts of generation. Dominion also serves retail energy customers in nine states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at www.dom.com.
Click here for the list of grant recipients.