In support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
education and to encourage and support youth in their quest of education
and career opportunities based in STEM, Baltimore
Gas and Electric Company (BGE) teamed up with Higher Achievement,
Baltimore today to provide hands on-learning opportunities. This week,
BGE employees worked one-on-one with 45 middle school students in the
Higher Achievement, Baltimore Summer Academy and provided students
insight into the different types of career opportunities at BGE, while
also teaching the students about natural gas and electric safety in a
fun and creative learning environment.
BGE utility employees spend one-on-one time with scholars from the Higher Achievement, Baltimore Summer Academy, enhancing their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills by tackling hands-on electric and natural gas learning exercises. (Photo: Business Wire)
The BGE utility trainers and trainees spent one-on-one time with the
students, guiding them through a series of hands-on learning stations,
which included the building of an electric circuit, natural gas safety
and leak detection, the use of mechanical skills to create fun items
such as a hula hoop, the importance of using safety and personal
protective equipment, damage prevention and electric safety
demonstrations and awareness.
The Higher Achievement's Summer Academy is a rigorous program that aims
to help limited-income youth develop strong academic behaviors and
skills in middle school to prepare them for high school and beyond.
"In its second year, this annual event with BGE and Higher Achievement
Baltimore is an important day for the students, as well as the BGE
employee volunteers, who are able to build a rewarding mentor
relationship together," said Daniel Gahagan, general counsel at BGE and
Higher Achievement board member. "This day is a way of giving back to
the community and helping students further their education. We hope to
see these students staying engaged in learning and hopefully one day,
some of them may be working at BGE."
"When I look at children, I can see how much potential they possess to
be successful in education and in life, but what they lack is
opportunity," said Erin-Hodge Williams, executive director of Higher
Achievement. "At Higher Achievement we are focused on providing students
with a safe place to go during the hours they are not in school and
specifically after-school and throughout the summer. More importantly,
we are able to provide them with a place where they get to experience
things beyond their neighborhood and beyond their community and beyond
their day-o-day studies in school. BGE is a great example of a company
that is committed to their communities, and to the children in Higher
Achievement, Baltimore. Today alone, I've watched our young students'
eyes light up and ask questions that I can tell are making them think
about their future."
Maurice Stovall, a returning student with Higher Achievement, might be
one student returning to BGE in the future.
"What I liked and learned about BGE is that their employees have the
hands-on skills to be first responders to families in getting their
power back on, and that has to be a warm feeling," said Stovall. "I like
working with my hands and today's activities were fun, sometimes hard,
but I learned a lot about what it takes to be a BGE lineworker. I've
also learned that life is not all fun and games. You have to get a good
education and make something of your life because life is short. My time
at Higher Achievement has given me maturity and helped me grow up, so
that I can make something of my life."
Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role
in working with Maryland communities to address economic development,
public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our
neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports
programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of
energy efficiency and assistance, education, the environment, economic
and community development, emergency response and safety.
BGE and its employees are committed to enhancing the quality of life for
its customers and their families in communities the company serves
throughout central Maryland. BGE regularly supports organizations and
activities that promote educational outreach. BGE's corporate
citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation.
As part of Exelon's merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries
have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million
per year in Maryland, including BGE's service area for the next 10 years.
For more information on BGE's commitment to volunteerism and charitable
giving visit bge.com/giving.
To view photos from the event, visit BGE's Flickr site at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mybge.
About Higher Achievement, Baltimore:
Higher Achievement's rigorous afterschool and summer academic program
gives youth from at-risk communities their best opportunity to succeed
in middle school - and in life. Higher Achievement Baltimore, the first
expansion site outside of the Washington, DC region, launched in 2009.
The organization serves more than 170 scholars and operates three
achievement centers in Baltimore City, including Collington Square
Elementary/Middle, Arundel Elementary/Middle, and Lakeland
Elementary/Middle. These achievement centers serve as out-of-school time
academic magnet programs and attract middle school youth from the host
schools as well as from surrounding neighborhood schools. By leveraging
the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model provides a
vibrant, year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a
culture of high expectations. For more information, please visit: www.higherachievement.org.
headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest gas and electric
utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers
and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The
company's approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and
reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy
management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community
assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the
nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of
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