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5/10/2018 - A smarter summer: Duke Energy Foundation funds Decatur County summer youth reading program - Click here to print this information

Grant is part of a $400,000 investment in statewide literacy programs

Plainfield, IND - Whether it's called the "summer brain drain" or the "summer slide," educators know that kids can forget some of what they have learned over the summer. To help keep students from losing ground academically, the Duke Energy Foundation is investing approximately $14,150 in Decatur County youth to help maintain and improve reading levels over the summer.

The program is one of 24 that received Duke Energy Foundation grants for summer and school-year reading initiatives. This grant is part of an approximately $400,000 investment the Duke Energy Foundation is making statewide in school literacy programs. It's the fourth consecutive year the company has invested in statewide youth literacy.

"Summer programs not only help kids retain what they've learned, but they can also help close achievement gaps," said Duke Energy Community Relations Manager Chip Orben. "Developing young, good readers is fundamental to success in school and later in life."

The grant will fund an intensive, full-day program for 25 North Decatur Elementary first and second-graders. A 2:1 student-teacher ratio will help struggling students gain essential reading skills.

Facts on reading and education from the National Summer Learning Association

-About nine of 10 teachers will spend as much as three weeks on review because of summer learning loss.

-Most students typically lose two months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two or three months in reading.

Duke Energy Indiana's operations provides about 6,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state's largest electric supplier

In Indiana, the Duke Energy Foundation invests approximately $2 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

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