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Duke Energy Foundation Awards $260K To Florida Charities

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Duke Energy Foundation announced today it will provide $260,000 to seven charitable organizations in Florida, the first of several grants the foundation will award in Florida this year.  

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A majority of the awards will fund K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives at the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, the Polk Education Foundation, the Orlando Science Center and the Science Center of Pinellas County.

"Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of our state," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. "We are proud to support programs that help teachers and engage and excite students about energy, math and science and lay the foundation for our future leaders in these fields."

Duke Energy will invest in the following organizations:
  • $75,000 to the Orlando Science Center
  • $50,000 to the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
  • $50,000 to the Polk Education Foundation and Business Partnership Inc
  • $35,000 to
  • $25,000 to the Science Center of Pinellas County Inc
  • $15,000 to the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef project
  • $10,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project Inc

The grant awarded to the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools offers up to $3,000 to kindergarten through 12 th grade teachers who develop innovative projects that directly impact classroom learning in science, mathematics and energy.

At the Polk Education Foundation, funds will provide grants to teachers at 29 elementary, middle and high schools to expand their knowledge of STEM curriculum by attending professional development workshops.

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