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Dominion provides grants to UVa-Wise, Castlewood High

August 31st, 2012 3:18 am by staff report

WISE — Dominion Virginia Power and the Dominion Foundation have announced $610,000 in education grants to schools across Virginia, including three in Southwest Virginia.

The region's recipients are the University of Virginia's College at Wise, Castlewood High School and Mountain Kids Inc., a nonprofit organization in Tazewell County.

UVa-Wise will receive $20,000 to complete a study of the Guest River watershed, a part of the "Citizen Science Initiative" that links traditional classroom learning with regional environmental and economic development.

Castlewood High School was awarded $5,000 for the Clinch River Watershed Environmental Education Symposium offered to K-12 educators from nine school systems in Southwest Virginia.

Mountain Kids Inc. will receive $3,000 toward "Kinetic Kids," a week-long, hands-on summer camp for rising sixth- and seventh-graders to study five specific types of energy -- kinetic, solar, wind, micro-hydro and electrical.

"Energy, environment and education are among the most critical concerns for the future of our country," said Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion chairman, president and CEO. "We will continue to support schools, teachers and students who are working to find solutions that will improve life for generations to come. Our support begins in the classrooms."

The Virginia grants are part of $1.4 million awarded to schools in states where Dominion does business including Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Virginia.

The K-12 Educational Partnership gave 36 schools up to $7,500 each to help fund projects related to energy and the environment. The Higher Education Partnership awarded 15 college and post-secondary institutions up to $45,000 each to help projects in renewable energy, environmental studies, engineering and work force development.

The Dominion Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources.

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