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PPL Corporation made a $40,000 contribution recently through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program to support the Da Vinci Science Center’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs.
The EITC program allows eligible companies to receive tax credits for contributing to educational improvement organizations like the Da Vinci Science Center. The Center uses support through EITC for its school field trip workshops and outreach programs. These hands-on programs excite students about science, strengthen their understanding of science content, and raise their awareness of STEM careers.
More than 52,000 Pre-K-12 students participated in Da Vinci Science Center field trips and outreach programs during its 2015 fiscal year, said Lin Erickson, the Center’s Executive Director and CEO.
PPL has been one of the Da Vinci Science Center’s leading corporate partners since the Center’s founding. Along with supporting the Center financially, PPL has developed several exhibit experiences and partnered on several programs. PPL made a $50,000 contribution in Feb. 2015 to enable the Center to introduce new preschool exhibit experiences for visitors.
Companies have contributed $147,000 to the Da Vinci Science Center as part of the EITC program during its current fiscal year. Additional EITC support has been provided this year by American Bank; ATAS International, Inc.; BB&T Bank; Embassy Bank; National Penn Bank; Talen Energy Corporation; Teva Pharmaceuticals; UGI Utilities; and Weis Markets.
Vincent Sorgi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for PPL, is Chairman of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Board of Trustees and Stephen Breininger, PPL’s Vice President and Corporate Controller, is the Center’s Treasurer.
Headquartered in Allentown, PA, PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL’s seven high-performing, award-winning utilities – including PPL Electric Utilities, which provides safe and reliable electric service in Pennsylvania – serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The company and its 13,000 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and reliability and delivering superior value for shareowners. To learn more, visit www.pplweb.com.