The generous support of Duke Energy is a meaningful step along the road to equipping all students in East Durham with the tools and opportunities to succeed in school.
This year, the Foundation provided $20,000 in funding for the EDCI BellXcel Summer Learning Program, a summer camp for rising 1st through 3rd grade students who are performing in the lowest 25th percentile of their class.
EDCI celebrated Duke Energy's contributions at an event hosted at Y.E. Smith Elementary School on Thursday, where speakers included: EDCI CEO & President David Reese; Y.E. Smith Elementary Principal Dr. Joi Gibson-Robinson; EDCI Co-Founder and Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow; Y.E. Smith's Jayven Brown, coordinator for the EDCI BellXcel Summer Learning Program; and Indira Everett, a district manager for Duke Energy.
“Duke Energy is eager to support organizations like EDCI who are preparing local youth to be the future leaders of our communities,” Everett, district manager for Duke Energy, said. “That starts with curbing summer learning loss.”
In line with Duke Energy's model for powerful communities, the EDCI BellXcel program delivers intensive daily instruction in math and literacy, as well as STEM-based workshops designed to increase students’ exposure to and interest in STEM professions. In 2018 – for a third year in a row – students attending this program achieved huge strides.
“Not only did they stave off summer learning loss,” said Dr. Gibson-Robinson, principal at Y.E. Smith Elementary School, where the program is hosted, “our summer scholars achieved one month of learning gains in both literacy and math.”