UGI has contributed more than a million dollars annually to education organizations addressing early childhood literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), career awareness and career readiness. UGI’s commitment to education enhances a variety of programs throughout the state.
UGI’s work with The S.P.A.R.K.S. (Science Projects Are Really Kid’s Stuff) Foundation at the George Ross Elementary School in Lancaster was the subject of a story in our September 2016 issue. We are pleased to report that three months later, in December, the school received the Title 1 Distinguished School Award from the National Title 1 Association. S.P.A.R.K.S. Executive Director Jennifer Moorehead credited support from UGI for the school’s achievement. “It really does take a village,” she said.
UGI has a long-established commitment to supporting education programs in technology fields, including those aimed at young women interested in pursuing engineering studies. Our July 2016 issue described how a contribution from UGI helped produce a unique “SMART (Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies) Girls” summer camp at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport. UGI also helped fund a mini-solar car competition presented by Wilkes University’s Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences for female students from four high schools.
One of UGI’s longest-running partnerships – 25 years with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) – is aimed at helping elementary school children improve their reading skills. Through that quarter-century partnership, UGI has distributed more than 1.2 million books to more than 400,000 first-grade students in hundreds of Pennsylvania schools.
These are just a few examples of the technology education and literacy initiatives supported by UGI. It’s a commitment that will continue.
To learn more about UGI’s involvement in the communities we serve, visit us online at www.ugi.com/community or follow us on social media (Facebook @UGIUtilities, Twitter @ugi_utilities, and Instagram @ugiutilities) to see our community programs in action.