SECO Energy’s back-to-school program allocated Marion County public school students with $3,000 to the county’s Public Education Foundation. As a not-for-profit local electric cooperative, SECO believes in supporting the communities it serves. The Foundation will use the funds to purchase school supplies for the Tools 4 Teaching program.
Tools 4 Teaching provides much-needed school supplies to Marion County public school students and teachers. Since 2009, Tools 4 Teaching has accepted unused school supplies from local businesses and organizations and put them to good use in Marion County classrooms. Teachers can shop once a month for paper, pens, pencils and other supplies needed for their classrooms.
The Public Education Foundation’s Executive Director Judi Zanetti is thankful for SECO Energy’s contribution. Zanetti stated, “Nearly 75% of Marion County students cannot afford lunch, let alone school supplies. During the 2018-2019 school year, Tools 4 Teaching had 7,079 teacher shopping visits and provided over $900,000 in free school supplies to teachers for their students in need. It is only with the support of organizations such as SECO Energy that the shelves are able to stay stocked with supplies. Together we can make sure all students have the tools necessary for success.”
CEO Jim Duncan stated, “SECO Energy is honored to support Marion County students through its back-to-school program’s contribution to the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, SECO believes an investment in education is a benefit to all of our members. In Marion County, we serve over 60,000 homes and businesses. Teachers are an invaluable community asset, they enrich our communities by educating our future leaders and as a benefit to SECO, possibly our future employees.”
Tools 4 Teaching accepts donated school supplies and monetary funding. Donate to the Public Education Foundation of Marion County online.
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