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.

2017-2018 Empowering Educators Grant Winners

  • Alburtis Elementary School, Alburtis, PA: For supplies to develop inquiry-based projects that create future problem solvers.
  • B.F. Morey Elementary, Stroudsburg, PA: For materials for the school’s MakerSpace, which is used by K-4 students.
  • Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem, PA: For supplies needed for students to design and build roller coasters, lessons that incorporate science concepts, technology, engineering and math.
  • Columbia High School, Columbia, PA: For mBot robots that will introduce students to robotics and programming.
  • Crossroads Middle School, Lewisberry, PA: For STEM Discovery Boxes to get students excited about science and give them a starting point to continue to research on their own.
  • Danville Middle School, Danville, PA – For a 3D printer that will teach students about AutoCad and the engineering design process.
  • Drums Elementary Middle School, Drums, PA: For robotics education kits to introduce students to coding.
  • Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary, Mifflintown, PA: For “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall; STEM Education is Fun for All!,” which introduces first graders to STEM subjects through the familiar stories in fairy tales.
  • Freemansburg Elementary, Bethlehem, PA: To expand the school’s MakerSpace and create an after-school STEM program.
  • Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, Shillington, PA: For a student-led project to transform the school’s patio into an outdoor classroom using the engineering design process.
  • Hershey Early Childhood Center, Hershey, PA: To create STEM Bins that can be used as teacher directed lessons or self-directed exploration.
  • Highland Elementary School, Camp Hill, PA: For Dash and Dot coding robots that teach students computer programming skills.
  • Honesdale High School, Honesdale, PA: For “What came first, the chicken or the egg?,” a cross-curricular and cross-grade level life cycle science program.

  • M.M. Seylar Elementary School, Perkasie, PA: For a 3D printer and Sphero robot that will teach students communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Marticville Middle School, Pequea, PA: For building sets that provide hands-on, engaging opportunities for students in designing and building machines to aide in understanding of topics such as force, energy and simple machines.
  • NativityMiguel School of Scranton, Scranton, PA: For “Exploring Local Fresh Water Ecosystems,” in which students will use the scientific method to study the health of local fresh water ecosystems and engage in a STEM design project intended to improve the quality of a local fresh water habitat.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Regional, Coal Township, PA: For the Rocketry Club, which introduces students to the design and construction of original model rockets.
  • Parkland High School, Allentown, PA: For an interactive project that teaches students about electrical engineering.
  • Pocono Mountain East High School, Swiftwater, PA: For a school-wide STEM fair for high school students.
  • Red Land High School, Lewisberry, PA: To create a STEM lab where students can apply classroom theory to practical use.
  • Saint Columba School, Bloomsburg, PA: To set up a mobile STEM station with activity kits, math tools and materials for use by all students.
  • Southern Columbia Area Middle School, Catawissa, PA: For “Sustainable (Net-Zero Energy) Building Design Project” that will engage students in a real-world scenario where they work as a design team to design sustainable buildings.
  • Strayer Middle School, Quakertown, PA: For the “Strayer Makers,” a design and engineering club for 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary, Hawley, PA: To launch a MakerSpace with a variety of STEM activities and materials for students in grades 3-5.
  • Warrior Run High School, Turbotville, PA: To bring computer science opportunities to our students through discovery and exploration.