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2017-07-13 / Business

National Grid funding provides for Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo

National Grid will continue its support for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo’s STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics — program, according to a press release from the organization.

“National Grid has chosen to sponsor STEAM-related programs because doing so helps create opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders,” said Ken Kujawa, National Grid regional manager. “It’s important that the next generation of workers become interested in STEAM-related careers, as many engineers, machinists and other professions will be aging out of their jobs in the coming years. It’s also important to introduce kids to the concept that science can be fun, and that National Grid will need people who are good at math, engineering and technology.”

Since last year, National Grid has provided $12,000 in grants, the release said. Company staff have been volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club to teach children how power is generated and transmitted to homes and businesses.

“With the National Grid grant award and their employee volunteers presenting a renewable energy curriculum to our members, we have been able to reach so many more of our youth with this fun and exciting STEAM program,” said Shari McDonough, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. “STEAM is their future — the technological age in which they live, their best career options and the ultimate key to their success.”

In addition to program supplies, field trips and sponsorship for their annual science fair, the release said the National Grid grant will be used to purchase a 3-D printer for the Boys and Girls Club.

According to the organization, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo’s mission is to provide a safe and stable experience that assures success is within reach of all members and that they graduate from high school with plans for their future.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo is a credentialed New York State child care provider for after school and summer programming for children 5 to 18 years old. It serves more than 3,200 children annually at 11 clubhouse locations throughout the city of Buffalo and its suburbs, the release said.

National Grid is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

According to the release, it is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

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