UGI kicked off 2017 with a focus on education throughout our service territory. In mid-January, UGI presented the Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) afterschool program with $40,000 for the new MarkerSpace classroom at L.B. Morris Elementary in Jim Thorpe. The MakerSpace classroom will allow students to explore areas of STEM through hands-on activities, including design and creation using 3-D printing. Recently students used an opportunity to turn a lesson about weather and erosion to print 3-D models of clouds and weather formations. The new classroom will be available to Jim Thorpe SHINE students along with the more than 1,000 students at L.B. Morris Elementary.
UGI’s Thea Phalon, Community Relations Manager-East Region, presented the check to school and SHINE officials during the classroom’s formal unveiling. “We see what that money does and that is so important because we can see this changing kids lives,” she said. “It’s really rewarding to see these kinds of programs grow and strength and be sustainable and have great outcomes. You know you’re putting your money in a good place. To get to see kids using MakerSpace and have different opportunities that we never had as kids and to have that at a school regardless of their income and have access to a 3-D printer, all these things that are really helping kids think and learn to think and learn for themselves, it’s really exciting.”
In early February, UGI presented the Luzerne County SHINE with $10,000 to help benefit more than 360 students involved in the SHINE afterschool program. Modeled after the success of the Carbon County SHINE program, Luzerne County SHINE strives to provide students with project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Technology) activities for students in grades 1 through 8.
For more information about UGI’s commitment to early learning and STEM education programs, visit us online at www.ugi.com/community.