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.
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."