Duke Energy awards $25k grant to Teach For America

Teach For America - South Carolina received a $25,000 grant from Duke Energy on Tuesday.

The grant was awarded during an eighth grade math classroom visit at Southside Middle School in Florence District 1 and will support Teach For America's efforts to increase statewide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education opportunities.

According to a press release, the donation will help to recruit, train and support Teach For America teachers who are leading STEM classrooms in South Carolina, and will support the ongoing leadership development provided to Teach For America alumni.

"Providing leaders to fill subject areas such as science and math in high-need schools in South Carolina is critical to helping students attain an excellent education," said Josh Bell said, the executive director of Teach For America - South Carolina.

During the visit, students heard from a Duke Energy engineer on the role math plays in his career.

"Putting our support behind effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize STEM is a critical focus for Duke Energy," said Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy's government and community relations manager.

Teach For America has worked in South Carolina since 2011 and partners with 14 school districts. Nearly 70 Teach For America members are teaching in the Pee Dee region this year.