Duke employees donate time to CNE

May 1st, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

A $1,000 grant from Duke Energy has resulted in a landscape makeover for Clermont Northeastern Middle School. On Thursday, April 23, five employees and family members from Duke Energy arrived at the school to help with planting new bushes and shrubs.

“Duke Energy employees from Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana and Kentucky work on this project each year,” said Warren Walker, Duke employee and Owensville resident. “We identify a need within the community and allocate up to $1,000 for plant materials. It is timed around Earth Day and we are usually planting around May 1.”

The Science Club at CNE Middle School will be helping with the makeover by spreading mulch and finishing any planting.

"Before spring break we took out all the dead shrubs and got the beds ready for today," said Sherry Newberry, school librarian and media person. "Melody Newman, fifth grade teacher and leader of the Science Club applied for the grant. We purchased all the plants, wheelbarrow and tools from Grants Farm and they gave us a good price. Not only does Duke Energy give us the money to purchase these plants, but they have employees who donate their time to help plant everything."

Several of the Duke employees have returned to the area for three years to volunteer their services. Tom Sinclair, of Edgewood, Ky., also brought his daughter, Stephanie Sinclair, along to help with the project.

According to Newberry, the project will continue until all the mulch is down and many of the students will be participating in the project.

"As long as the weather is nice, the teachers will let the students come out and spend some time finishing things up," said Newberry. "It will look really nice out here when it's all done and we want to thank Duke for their help."
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