RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Schools and educational institutions in 11 states are entering the new academic year with Dominion funding for major projects.
Dominion has awarded more than $350,000 in educational grants this year to 70 schools and institutions in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
"It is clear our educators are preparing students to meet the needs of the future by focusing their studies on renewable energy and the preservation of the environment," said Virginia M. Board, president of The Dominion Foundation. "These are efforts Dominion fully supports."
The Dominion Educational Grants Partnership Program helps schools strengthen the mathematics and science skills of students in grades K-12. The grants are made through The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.
The Foundation awards individual grants of up to $10,000. The company has awarded nearly $3.3 million since the program began in 1996.
Grant recipients include:
- Waterford High School in Connecticut was awarded $10,000 to install a wind turbine. The energy output will be monitored by teachers and students and will be used to educate students about how wind plays a key role as an alternative energy source.
- Green Middle School in Summit County, Ohio, received $6,000 to teach students about the process of drilling for gas and oil, and the potential drilling sites for natural gas and oil wells. The program brings the field into the classroom and students into the field through technology.
- Belvedere Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., was awarded $2,500 for the construction of a discovery garden, the implementation of a composting program, and the development of nature trails.
- Kewaunee Elementary School in Wisconsin will use $2,000 to educate 5th graders on the importance of energy conservation. Students will use a thermal imaging camera and software to find energy leaks in the school and present their findings and solutions to the administration.
For more information on Dominion's educational programs, including the Dominion Educational Grants Partnership Program, visit www.dom.com; keyword: education.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
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