Reading Rewards and a Big Surprise

Duke Energy Foundation Donates $10,000 for School Book Club

Students at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind had a big surprise at their end-of-year reading party. Just before the ice cream was served, the Duke Energy Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the school’s foundation. The funds will be used to purchase additional books for the school’s Really Cool for My School Book Club.

All students at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind receive books each year to take home and keep as their own as part of school wide book distributions.  Students who participate in the school’s afterschool book club receive additional books to take home and keep.  The goal of the Really Cool for My Book Club is to build the students personal libraries and interest in reading. Provided through the school’s foundation, the books are available in regular print, large print and braille.

Reading is a major initiative at the school and incentives are offered throughout the year to encourage an ongoing interest in reading. For example, the students celebrated their accomplishments at an ice cream party to finish out the school year, and representatives of Duke Energy joined in the fun.

“This generous gift represents a contribution to the development of reading skills and a lifelong interest in reading,” said Ann Akerman, chief executive officer of the school’s foundation. “We are grateful to Duke Energy for the wonderful gift and for taking the time to come out and celebrate reading with our students.”

“Reading proficiency is the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation,” said Linda Hannon, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy.  “That’s why we support literacy programs like this, and that’s why we are proud to partner with a progressive organization like the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.”


The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state.