- Last Updated on 07:51 AM 08/23/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative emphasizes the importance of reading, math and science classes, and all other school subjects by participating in a number of educational programs that reach all age groups.
At the elementary level, cooperative employees have volunteered as reading partners to students in the “Book Buddies” program, and the cooperative has provided middle schools with an educational kit called Get Charged! Electricity and You.
At the high school level the not-for-profit organization has joined with other local businesses by rewarding students for academic achievement through the “Scholar Dollar” program and offering scholarships to seniors to help further their college educations.
Last year as an incentive to students in Chase City Elementary School’s Accelerated Reader program, MEC treated outstanding achievers to a picnic lunch at the Cooperative’s pavilion. Hotdogs, chips, soda and ice cream sandwiches were served to the group.
MEC President and CEO John Lee congratulated the students on their accomplishment and stressed the importance of doing their best and getting a good education.
Lee said, “We are very proud of these students, and I hope they will continue to see the importance of staying in school, and recognize that reading feeds both the mind and soul. According to the National Dropout Prevention Center, graduating from high school will determine how well you live for the next 50 years of your life. According to statistics, high school graduates earn $143 more per week than high school dropouts. College graduates earn $336 more per week than high school graduates ($479 more per week than high school dropouts).”
He added, “The young people of today represent the future; and our organization, on behalf of all of our members, is pleased to play a small role in promoting education and the activity of reading. As the 2013-2014 school year begins, we wish the very best for a safe and productive year to all area students. We encourage you to study hard, set high goals for your education, and reach for those goals. Then, once successful, ask how you can give back to your community. That is our wish for all young people.”