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UGI Expands Partnership with SHINE Afterschool Program

02 Mar 2017

Expanding on an ongoing commitment to a successful after-school program launched at Lehigh Carbon Community College, UGI has provided two grants to support the program in multiple locations.

The SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) program is a community grassroots prevention effort integrating a quality after-school program with effective early childhood education. The SHINE program is designed to increase educational attainment, prevent juvenile crime, and have a life-long impact on the communities and families it serves.

UGI provided a $40,000 grant to Lehigh Carbon Community College to support the MakerSpace classroom, which will allow students to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through hands-on activities. Recently, students used 3-D printing technology in the classroom to print models of clouds and weather formations as part of a lesson on weather and erosion. The classroom is available to more than 1,000 students in the area.

UGI also presented the Luzerne County SHINE program with a $10,000 grant to assist more than 360 students in their after-school program. The Luzerne County project is modeled after the success of the Carbon County SHINE program and offers technology-based projects for students in grades one through eight.

UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility with headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania. UGI serves 690,000 customers in 44 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland.  Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.


UGI presents a $10,000 check to the Luzerne County SHINE program. Pictured, first row, left to right, Rep Aaron Kaufer; Marlon Pitts, Assistant SHINE director of Elementary Programs; Children from Lee Park Elementary; and Tyler Breznitski, representative from Congressman Barletta’s office. Second row, left to right: Rep Eddie Day Pashinski; Senator John Yudichak; Patrick Leahy-Wilkes University, President; Ann Blaskiewicz, UGI community relations manager; and Carol Nicholas, director, SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University.