More children in the Lehigh Valley will enter school with the skills they need to do well, thanks to support from PPL Electric Utilities.
PPL has awarded $24,500 to United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) in support of its early education scholarships. UWGLV distributes the money to approved early learning centers that meet quality program standards, including meeting state and national criteria that ensure children are ready for school. United Way’s support for early learning helps reach the goal to increase third grade reading by 50%.
“United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is making a lasting and positive impact on children’s learning and development,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Electric Utilities regional affairs director. “PPL is proud of their work to meet the needs of the communities where our customers live and work.”
Since 2013, PPL has provided funding for over 180 Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) pre-kindergarten scholarships at UWGLV.
“We are overwhelmed at the support PPL provides for young children and the community. Without these scholarships, fewer children would receive the tools they need to enter school ready to learn,” commented Marc Rittle, Sr. Director, Community Impact.
The scholarships statewide allow more of Pennsylvania’s children to engage in early learning and build the skills needed to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
About PPL Electric Utilities
PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. PPL Electric utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL). For more information visit www.pplelectric.com
Mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
The mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is to provide the leadership, convene the partnerships and develop the resources and solutions that improve our community. We remain committed to these goals and sincerely appreciate the continued support of partners, program providers and donors throughout the Lehigh Valley. www.unitedwayglv.org