Duke Energy donates $50,000 to support Communities In Schools of Wake County's SMART Academy

Duke Energy donates $50,000 to support Communities In Schools of Wake County's
                                SMART Academy

PR Newswire

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 19, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This spring, Communities In
Schools of Wake County (CIS Wake) wrapped up its inaugural End of Grade (EOG)
Camp, where over 150 students representing 66 schools in the Triangle
participated in a five-week camp to strengthen their skills in reading and
math in preparation for their end of grade testing.

In fact, because of Duke Energy's support, CIS Wake was able to launch its
inaugural Science Scholars program this summer.Twenty students (16 Summer
Science Scholars: rising 4th through 6th graders; and 4 Junior Mentors: rising
7th through 9th graders) participated in a special two-week summer camp (June
11 through June 21). Students were trained by North Carolina Museum of Natural
Sciences staff during a series of workshops, fieldtrips, and experiments held
at W.B. Umstead Park, Yates Mill County Park and Prairie Ridge Ecostation
designed to help students explore technology and the natural environment. In
addition, Science Scholars and Junior Mentors were able to lead 84 K-6th grade
students from around Wake County in group discussions and tours of the Museum.
The Science Scholars completed their summer with a trip to the Outer Banks
which included exploration of aquatic life in Oregon Inlet and the NC Aquarium
and a visit to Roanoke Island Festival Park to learn more about the Lost
Colony and NC's early history through forensic archeology.

"CIS Wake has demonstrated a deep commitment to developing students' skills in
science and math," says Paul Newton, Duke Energy's state president – North
Carolina. "The SMART Academy is the type of innovative approach that will help
students develop the 21st century skills they will need to compete globally."

SMART stands for "students maximizing academic resources through technology."
The SMART Academy offers year-round programs for academic development:

  oSMART Summer Camp and SMART Track-Out Camps;
  oSMART Beginning of Grade (BOG) Camp;
  oSMART Weekend School;
  oSMART End of Grade (EOG) Camp; and,
  oSMART Evening School (on-line tutorial support).

"Our partnership with Duke Energy will allow us to build upon the successes we
experienced in the spring with our EOG Camp and offer similar programs and
services throughout the year," says Travis Mitchell, President, CIS Wake. "If
the Triangle is to remain one of the best places to live, we will need to
continue to help schools develop and fill the local pipeline with students
today who possess the skills that area companies will need in their future
employees and leaders."

The foundation of CIS Wake's SMART Academy is the SMART Weekend School, a
rigorous 28-week program designed to strengthen students in grades 3 through 8
in math and reading. Beginning September 13, 2013, SMART Weekend will meet on
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three hours each session for intensive
instruction. Parents will choose one day per weekend for their student(s).

For More Information Contact: Azizi Culpepper Email: aculpepper@ciswake.org

SOURCE Communities In Schools of Wake County

Website: http://www.ciswake.org
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