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Nelsonville, OH – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is pleased to announce 21 grants from its Duke Energy ICAN! Classroom Enrichment Fund. Applications were received from K-12 educators throughout Appalachian Ohio for projects aimed at increasing students’ interest in STEMM-related careers through in-house or on-site field trips to area STEMM-related businesses. A total of $26,894 was awarded across the region.

Distributed to K-12 educators with a wide range of innovative classroom goals, funding from these 21 grants will be used for hands-on learning initiatives that range from automobile manufacturing to planetariums.

“The students of Appalachian Ohio are greatly benefiting from Duke Energy’s investment,” said Cara Dingus Brook, President and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “As a result of the mini-grants provided by Duke Energy, students are being introduced to a wide array of career possibilities. They’re also experiencing how the lessons of the classroom are utilized in the workplace. It’s an exciting way to encourage and support our young people.”

In the past, FAO has heard from educators across the region about how important it is to introduce students to potential career pathways, with an emphasis on the education needed for professional success. The 2013 ICAN! Mini-Grants will provide unique opportunities for students to see a direct application of their current studies in today’s dynamic workforce. In addition, students and educators will capture these experiences on iPads so that what they learn about different professions can be widely accessible to other students across the region.

Portsmouth Elementary School received two grants. One grant will allow students to visit COSI in Columbus, where they will explore all of the exhibits, but will focus on the Energy Explorers exhibit.

The other grant will allow students to visit the Shawnee State Clark Planetarium and interview the director of the planetarium. Students will learn about his career and career opportunities in the field of astronomy.

For a complete list of 2013 Duke Energy ICAN! Classroom Enrichment mini-grant recipients across the region and to learn how you can help support educators in Appalachian Ohio, visit FAO’s website at www.appalachianohio.org.

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit www.appalachianohio.org.

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