On Tuesday, Duke Energy announced it has teamed up with DonorsChoose for a new classroom crowdfunding challenge. The company is set to match up to $200,000 to help Ohio and Kentucky teachers bring STEM projects (science, technology, engineering, and math) to the classrooms.
Sharing details about the contest, Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky, stated:
“Teachers are at the core of our communities, and some of the biggest influences in the lives of our children. We’re challenging our community to join this crowdfunding campaign, and help teachers bring innovative STEM projects to life for their students.”
The company revealed how the contest works:
- Public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals (up to $2,000 per project) on DonorsChoose.org.
- Anyone can visit DonorsChoose, browse eligible projects and make a donation.
- Duke Energy will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $200,000.
- Once a project is fully-funded, DonorsChoose.org buys the project materials and ships them directly to the teacher’s school.
Duke Energy noted its $200,000 commitment, along with crowdsourced funds, will bring $400,000 worth of STEM education projects to public schools in Greater Cincinnati. Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose, added:
“We’re deeply grateful for Duke Energy’s support of Ohio and Kentucky STEM projects. So many local teachers will now have tools they need to teach and inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers.”
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