UGI Utilities, Inc. recently received awards from two nationally-known education organizations for the Company’s commitment to enhancing children’s literacy and science education in the many Pennsylvania communities it serves.
Earlier in this month, Reading Is Fundamental, the oldest and largest children’s and family literacy organization in the United States, awarded UGI its 50th anniversary Legacy of Literacy Award at a Gala in Washington, D.C.
“UGI been instrumental in supporting RIF’s mission, and making advancements in the field of children’s literacy,” Carol Rasco, president and CEO of RIF, said. “We are delighted to recognize UGI’s outstanding work and community impact with the Legacy of Literacy Award.”
In the 25 year partnership between UGI and RIF, UGI has provided over 1.2 million books to more than 400,000 first-grade students throughout Pennsylvania. UGI employees have donated over 15,000 hours in schools advancing early childhood literacy.
Last week, the Da Vinci Science Center located in Allentown awarded UGI its Grand Maestro Corporate Award.
The Da Vinci Center recognized UGI for its support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula and programs designed to encourage students to consider technical careers. The Da Vinci Science Center programs make science fun and connect individuals of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science.
“UGI recognizes that a strong education system is a critical component of workforce, community, and economic development,’ Robert F. Beard, president and CEO of UGI Utilities, Inc., said. “Numerous studies reinforce the finding that children who read at grade level by the fourth grade have greater learning success in grade school and in high school. Today’s students are our employees and customers of tomorrow. More importantly, they are the future business and community leaders of our communities.”
UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves 680,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers interested in additional information visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.