Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival: Free family-friendly fun!

Earth Day_Ben Every year around Earth Day, Pike and Wayne County based conservation organizations get together with the same goal in mind: Celebrate Earth Day with the community. For several months prior to the event, the planning committee meets to determine what new activities will be offered to the public. All of the planning ends with one big celebration. This year’s event is almost here!

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On Saturday, April 20, the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and packed full of hands-on activities, craft projects, games and much more. We’re highlighting the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act that has saved many species like red wolves and bald eagles with a species celebration. Visitors are encouraged to come wearing a mask or

costume that represents their favorite native or endangered flora and fauna. We’ll have a “Costume Cave” set-up that day for crafting simple representations of a variety of species. Whether you come prepared or transform while you’re here, visit the “Costume Cave” to find facts about your species or add to your costume.  Think eco-friendly by using recycled or natural materials… and have fun!

Do some spring cleaning before you come and bring your old t-shirts and tennis shoes! Cub Scout Pack #229 will help your memories live on by transforming your  favorite shirts into reusable bags. Tennis shoes can be recycled with Girl Scout Troop #50151. They’ll show you the process of how Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program works and collect your old tennis shoes to be recycled.

Other activities include:

  • Bird walks
  • Puppet shows
  • Face painting
  • Food and maple products for sale
  • Help build an eagle’s nest
  • Seedling giveaways and take-home wildflower plantings
  • Stream and lake water study using microscopes
  • Energy bicycle

For more information and directions, visit www.pikewayneearthday.wordpress.com or call (570) 253-7001.

Better yet, come out on Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see what all the buzz is about!

PPL improving local education in Pennsylvania

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PPL Corporation is honored to have donated $2.1 million to support education in the state of Pennsylvania last year.

“PPL continues to be tremendously committed to our communities,” said Don Bernhard, director, Community Affairs.  “We feel that one of the most effective things we can do as a leader in the community is to help properly educate and support our youth, especially during the crucial early years of their lives.”

Last year, PPL gave more than $1.3 million to dozens of education organizations under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. The program gives companies an opportunity to support quality agencies working to educate children.

PPL also funded 72 educational institutions, including colleges and universities, through grants that exceeded $880,000.

Through the EITC program, the state encourages businesses to contribute toward pre-kindergarten programs, scholarships and educational improvement organizations to expand educational opportunities for students. Since the program began in 2001, PPL has contributed more than $10 million toward education in the state. The recipients must be qualified by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Among the recipients were: Community Services for Children (Allentown), United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, The Hillside School, Danville School, Pocono Services for Families and Children, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, United Way of Lancaster County, and United Way of Wyoming Valley.

PPL also supports education programs in other states where it does business.

PPL makes generous donation to child care center

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From left to right, Diana Dixon, Danville Child Development Center executive
director, and preschooler Safiyya Akmal
handle “money” from the “cash register” with Teri MacBride, PPL regional
community relations director.

PPL Corporation recently demonstrated its commitment to corporate citizenship with a $30,000 donation to the Danville Child Development Center in Montour County near Danville, Pa.

PPL’s donation, made through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, will go toward the center’s prekindergarten scholarship fund.

“These scholarships help provide high quality child care to those who normally can’t afford it, and in an area that does not have many high quality, affordable child care programs available,” said Teri MacBride, regional community relations director.

The center has been an Educational Improvement Tax Credit pre-K scholarship organization since 2010. The center is accredited by the National Association of Young Children and is a Keystone Stars program participant. It serves between 400 and 500 children each year.

“We’ve had a close relationship with the Danville Child Development Center for four years now,” MacBride said. “The center provides excellent child care to the local community, and is exactly the kind of organization that PPL wants to support.”