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Duke Energy Foundation donates $5,000 to The School Foundation in Florence

Duke Energy Foundation donates $5,000 to The School Foundation in Florence

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Donation to The School Foundation

Duke Energy's Mindy Taylor (right) presents a $5,000 check to Debbie Hyler (center), the executive director of The School Foundation, and Trisha Caulder, one of the foundation's board members.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Duke Energy Foundation presented The School Foundation with a $5,000 check in support of its Start2Read program on May 10.

Start2Read, a joint initiative between The School Foundation, Florence School District One and the StartSMART Advisory Council, sends certified early childhood teachers to local businesses to distribute books to the parents/guardians of 1-, 2- and 3-year-old children. Teachers will share the book, give tips for effective reading aloud and distribute a take-home “reading tips” sheet.

“One of our key focus areas is early childhood literacy,” said Mindy Taylor, the district manager for government and community relations at Duke Energy. “For the last several years, Duke Energy has partnered with The School Foundation and Florence School District One by providing books for the Start2Read program. I am pleased to announce that this grant now brings our total support of this program to $12,600.”

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. Community and service are integrated into everything Duke Energy does. Its employees volunteer thousands of hours to projects that strengthen their communities.

“We are excited to receive these funds in support of our Start2Read program,” said Debbie Hyler, the executive director of The School Foundation. “This program is designed to meet children at the earliest stages of reading development, and this donation will help prepare many children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed.”

For additional information, contact Hyler at or call 843-662-9996.

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