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Entergy Grant Supports Technology Program at Van Winkle Elementary in Jackson
On a Tuesday in May, the voices of Van Winkle Elementary students echoed through the school's hallways as the choir sang "Dream Your Dreams." Entergy Nuclear employees had just gathered with students, faculty and staff to announce a $25,000 grant to the school.
For more than 30 years, Entergy Nuclear has been the Adopt-A-School partner with Van Winkle Elementary School in Jackson. This partnership allows both organizations to build strong relationships and mentorships for the students. Giving back to the community is a key means for creating sustainable value for communities. In fact, communities are one of Entergy's four stakeholders with the other three being customers, employees and owners.
"Our employees spend time here in the classroom with activities such as reading books, holding drawing contests, judging at reading fairs, providing computer assistance, and mentoring," Kim Pittman, project manager for nuclear operations support, said. "We have held annual drives to help provide items needed by Van Winkle students. For instance, last year we held a back-to-school drive, and our employees donated more than $9,000 of school supplies."
Van Winkle will use the grant to enhance the school's technology tools as well as provide hands-on experience in using technology applications.