Education

Helping children succeed and promoting STEM careers

Partners in Education, PPL employee with student from Cleveland Elementary

Partners in Education – Celebrating 25 years

  • Employee volunteers partner with teachers at four elementary schools near PPL’s Allentown corporate headquarters to provide tutoring, student mentoring and other classroom assistance.
  • About 50 employees spend an hour every week during the school year working with a teacher and their class.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit

  • In Pennsylvania, PPL participates in this program, which allows companies to invest in projects that improve education and enhance access to high-quality Pre-K programs.

 
Child picking books from Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover

  • The company partnered with the United Way and other community organizations to develop Cover to Cover, a summer reading program.
  • The PPL Foundation and employees donated more than 50,000 new and gently used books to more than 10,000 students in 21 schools.
  • The program also provides funding for libraries and other summer reading programs in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Northamption Community College bucket truck donation

Giving a Lift to Aspiring Lineworkers

Amid the growing success of Northampton Community College’s Line Worker program, the college hit a snag: The lone bucket truck used for training was no longer useable. Knowing the significance of the loss and how critical it was to replace it, PPL decided we couldn’t let the college move forward without one. In October 2017, we officially handed over one of our trucks, ensuring that aspiring line workers get the training they need to do the best and safest job possible. We have provided assistance to the college since it began offering the lineworker program in 2011. Our workers helped develop the course curriculum, and we previously provided used utility poles. To date, the twelve-week program has graduated 115 students. Graduates are in the position to be hired as trainees for electric and cable companies with the ultimate goal of becoming journeymen lineworkers.

 

Empowering Educators Grants

  • PPL’s Empowering Educators grant program provides grants to teachers working to spark an interest in STEM subjects.
  • This year, PPL will award $25,000 in grants.
  • Since the program’s inception in 2003, PPL has awarded more than $180,000 for projects in 118 schools in communities served by PPL.

2018-2019 Empowering Educators Grant Winners

  • Central Columbia Middle School, Bloomsburg, Pa., for equipment to test and analyze solar power panels and determine their effectiveness.
  • Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg, Pa., for equipment needed to teach students about renewable energy sources such as solar power.
  • Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg, Pa., for the supplies needed for students to develop, test and analyze a vertical gardening system.
  • Conestoga Christian School, Morgantown, Pa., for the supplies needed for special education students to build a solar-powered hydraulic robot, teaching them hands-on lessons in engineering and technology.
  • Dieruff High School, Allentown, Pa., for robotics equipment that will enhance the hands-on learning capabilities of the school’s current STEM lab.
  • Ephrata Middle School, Ephrata, Pa., to fund the devices and applications needed to enhance the curriculum and engage students through the use of augmented reality.
  • Hazleton Academy of Science, Drums, Pa., for supplies needed to support a school-wide science fair.
  • Jersey Shore Elementary School, Jersey Shore, Pa., for the supplies needed to teach computer coding basics, which hone students’ problem-solving skills and ability to think using applied math, logic, algorithms and science.
  • John Harris High School, Harrisburg, Pa., to support a student-led initiative to design and build a community courtyard at the school.
  • L.B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe, Pa., to help fund the school’s annual Family STEM Night, which engages the entire school community in hands-on science, math and technology activities.
  • Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pa., for equipment needed for students to research, build and interpret a 3-D model of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Lincoln Jackson Academy, Scranton, Pa., to supply the school with a robotics building system for all students.
  • Mid Valley Secondary Center, Throop, Pa., to support the development of a hands-on fluid power class that will teach students how pneumatics produce power.

  • Muncy Elementary School, Muncy, Pa., to fund the modeling software needed for students to build 3D printers.
  • Raub Middle School, Allentown, Pa., for equipment that will allow students to monitor, test and improve sound quality for the student-run news station.
  • Robert B. Deibler Elementary School, Perkasie, Pa., for the supplies needed to create a Fab Lab for the school’s 450 students.
  • Schuylkill Haven Area High School, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., to support the implementation of the Trout in the Classroom Program, which fosters student awareness of coldwater conservation and encourages participation in coldwater resource projects and recreation programs.
  • South Side Elementary, Harrisburg, Pa., to support development of a class in which students will learn about weather tools and prediction patterns to help them research and generate potential climate change solutions.
  • St. Clare’s School, Scranton, Pa., for the equipment to build a weather station to allow elementary school students to learn about and explore weather.
  • St. Ignatius Loyola Regional School, West Lawn, Pa., for a 3D printer that will be used to enhance science lessons by turning abstract concepts into real-world objects.
  • St. Joseph School, Danville, Pa., for camera equipment and video editing software that allows students to hone their technology skills while producing content for the student-run news station.
  • Summit School of the Poconos, East Stroudsburg, Pa., for supplies to develop a robotics lab in which students have the opportunity to explore a variety of engineering and technology systems.
  • Warrior Run High School, Turbotville, Pa., to fund Arduino boards that will advance the skills of students in the school’s computer science class.
  • West Perry Middle School, Elliottsburg, Pa., to support the development of a makerspace for the school’s 600 students.
  • Wilkes-Barre Area School District STEM Academy, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to provide supplies to the school’s environmental science students to test soil and water quality in the Susquehanna River basin.