Carmel Education Foundation is honored to have been awarded a grant from The Duke Energy Foundation to support the Carmel Clay Schools summer school program for rising second grade students who have had significant disruptions in their learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This $20,000 award will provide decodable text resources, which focus on phonic skills to assure students are at the appropriate reading level when they begin school in the fall. Second grade is when students begin to shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” and is a critical time to set the groundwork for future learning. The decodable text resources will be housed in each of the 11 Carmel Clay elementary schools for use beyond the summer school program.

The Duke Energy Foundation believes bright futures begin in the classroom, and that every child deserves a fair chance at success. Foundation grants are designed to support summer reading loss prevention, an issue that has become even more prevalent during the pandemic. “Education at all levels is important, but especially so in the early primary years,” said Mark LaBarr, Duke Energy Indiana community relations manager. “We’re proud to contribute to these efforts, which will help grow the students into productive workers and community members.”

Carmel Education Foundation (CEF) is instrumental in creating partnerships between community partners and Carmel Clay Schools. “Working with The Duke Energy Foundation to provide essential resources to our students is an opportunity we are grateful to be part of,” said Jennifer Penix, Executive Director of Carmel Education Foundation. “Duke Energy has supported CEF through various programs we host to raise funds for teacher grants and student scholarships, and we value their role in furthering our mission to strengthen public education.”

Jennifer Penix will continue to work with the Carmel Clay Schools administrative team to provide information about the summer school program to families.

Carmel Education Foundation
One of the oldest foundations of its kind, the Carmel Education Foundation was created to help Carmel Clay students achieve their full potential. Since 1966, the Foundation has awarded over $2,100,000 in college scholarships to Carmel High School seniors and over $850,000 in education grants to inspire lifelong learning for Carmel Clay students. The Carmel Education Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors who give their time and energy to accelerate the Foundation’s mission by funding grants, awarding more than 80 scholarships annually and expanding resources for Carmel Clay Schools.

Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.
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