Dominion Awards $220,000 In Educational Grants

Sep 21, 2006
7:00am

September 21, 2006

RICHMOND, Va. – For the 10th consecutive year Dominion is helping schools and educational institutions in six states strengthen the math and science skills of their students by awarding grants totaling $220,000.

The Dominion Educational Partnership Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to help schools and teachers boost the skills of students in grades K-12. For the 2006-07 school year the Dominion Foundation funded 96 grants to schools and educational organizations in six states where Dominion has operations – North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Dominion has awarded more than $1.4 million throughout its service areas since the program began in 1996.

Recipients for this school year included:

  • The Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia that was awarded $5,000 for a program to teach high school and middle school girls the fundamentals of how electricity works, how to use electricity safely and how electrical production affects the environment.
  • A North Carolina elementary school that was awarded $2,600 to sponsor a science exploration night every six weeks for students in grades K-5.
  • An Ohio school that received $4,000 to teach biology students the basics of molecular genetics.
  • A Texas middle school that was awarded $3,000 to study force, energy and motion by designing and building projects.
  • A Pennsylvania school for exceptional children that received $870 to assist students with developmental disabilities, including those children on the Autism spectrum.

To view a list of all grant recipients, click here or go to www.dom.com and enter keyword "education."

Community and educational leaders and 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 28,000 megawatts of generation. Dominion also serves retail energy customers in 11 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at www.dom.com.

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