YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – November 15, 2010 – Schoolchildren throughout the Miami Valley will have new opportunities to learn in Glen Helen, thanks to a partnership announced today between Vectren and Antioch College.
Vectren will provide Antioch College’s Glen Helen Ecology Institute with $25,000 to strengthen its residential environmental learning programs. The funds will be used to create a student field journal that children complete as they explore Glen Helen. The field journal will guide their discoveries as they learn about the ecology of the region, and accompany them back to the classroom when they return to their school.
“Both Glen Helen and Vectren work to be deeply engaged in the communities we serve,” Glen Helen Director Nick Boutis said. “We recognize the role of education in strengthening individuals, families, and the region. We also share a dedication to conservation of natural resources, and a belief in the importance of managing lands and preserving natural habitats.”
The Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center is the oldest residential environmental learning facility in the Midwest. Each year, 3,000 children attend its Outdoor School program. Over 150,000 children have participated in this overnight program since its inception. Students come from Dayton, Springfield, Columbus, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas. Over 12% of the students are economically disadvantaged children who attend thanks to scholarship assistance.
"As a corporation with a long history of conservation leadership, Vectren is particularly aware of the value that Glen Helen offers to Southwest Ohio,” Vectren community affairs manager Lynda Hoffman said. “Glen Helen’s environmental education programs have a well-deserved reputation for shaping the lives of the students who participate in them.”
About Antioch College
Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College redefined liberal arts education in the 20th century by initiating an entrepreneurial and experiential curriculum through the development of its hallmark cooperative work program. Many of the now-common elements of today's liberal arts education - self-designed majors, study abroad, interdisciplinary study, and portfolio evaluation - had an early start at Antioch College. Ownership of Antioch College was transferred from Antioch University to the Antioch College Continuation Corporation in September 2009. The newly independent College will admit its first class in the fall of 2011.
Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) is an energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Ind. Vectren's energy delivery subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to more than one million customers in adjoining service territories that cover nearly two-thirds of Indiana and west central Ohio. Vectren's nonutility subsidiaries and affiliates currently offer energy-related products and services to customers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. These include gas marketing and related services; coal production and sales; and energy infrastructure services. To learn more about Vectren, visit www.vectren.com.
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