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Nurturing Brighter Futures

In 2020, families, friends and neighbors carried the weight of devastating natural disasters and the insidious coronavirus pandemic with grace and courage.

STEM education is a major focus area for AEP and its operating companies. Technology played a big role during the pandemic as schools and other educational organizations switched from in-person to virtual learning.

On-line learning requires connectivity. The AEP Foundation granted $73,000 to create free Wi-Fi hotspots at schools and community centers across Appalachian Power Company’s service area. The hotspots allow students without Internet access at home to easily access education materials and classroom assignments from their laptops, iPads or smartphones.

The Teaching & Learning Collaborative (TLC) in Worthington, Ohio, developed Math Camp-In to engage students and families in mathematics. Students, Pre-K through 4th grade, “hiked” seven virtual Trail Posts, completed math-themed tasks and earned camp badges. TLC also recruited virtual “camp counselors,” teachers and families, who used the resources and shared their experiences as they “hiked the Mathematical Trail.”

Five employees at DC Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Michigan, celebrated Nuclear Science Week with a South Haven Public School kindergarten class. The employees videotaped themselves reading STEM-themed books purchased through a special AEP employee grant program. The videos were shared with the children and posted to the Cook Plant Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CookNuclear/videos.

Judith E. Talavera, AEP Texas president and COO sits in a car built and designed by students in the Engineering Department Robotics Program at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.
Appalachian Power Company employees virtually celebrated the 20th year of the Read to Me Day Program. Videotapes of employee readings were made available to more than 450 schools in Appalachian Power’s service territory.
AEP Ohio teamed up with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to install WiFi on some of its school buses — allowing students in eastern and southern Ohio to complete online assignments while making the most of their commutes.