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Anderson School District One Receives Duke Energy Award for iRock Summer Camp Program



Williamston - District Manager,  Emily DeRoberts, for Duke Energy recently awarded Anderson One $25,000 for a new summer program for students in grades 2 and 3 as part of the Summer Reading Camp, iRock, at the May School Board meeting. Ms DeRoberts leads the SC Government and Community Relations Team for Duke Energy Carolinas. 

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent, said, “This will be the first year we are able to provide a summer camp opportunity in conjunction with our Summer Reading Camp. Students will have the opportunity to work on reading skills in the morning and have true camp experience in the afternoon. This would not be possible without the generous contribution from our friends at Duke Energy, the support from the Anderson County United Way under the direction of Carol Burdette and other contributors.”

Duke Energy is very supportive of education and gives to innovative educational programs as part of its Powerful Communities grant program. 131 organizations across six states received grants supporting early childhood literacy and STEM programming.

“Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair chance at academic success,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The grants we are making today are focused on providing equal opportunity for all students to have the strong educational basis that has proven to be a key determinant to future success.”

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy’s customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

The United Way has worked tirelessly to raise support to help fund this initiative for the students in Anderson One. Students will attend the YMCA each afternoon for a wonderful camp experience with field trips and lots of opportunities made possible by the local contributions. If you would like to contribute, please contact the United Way of Anderson.



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Carol Burdette, Anderson County United Way;  Nancy Upton, Board of Trustees Chairperson; Emily DeRoberts, Duke Energy; Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent; Robbie Binnicker, Superintendent