Helping Niagara Falls kids flourish

By Ellen Cooke

In Niagara Falls, NY, more than one-quarter of all residents live below the poverty line. That’s 70 percent higher than all of New York State. And the highest poverty rate is found among children.

“National Grid has been no stranger to helping the community we live, work and play in. Here in Niagara Falls, we’ve been lending a helping hand – from volunteering at the local food pantry, to helping clean up neighborhoods and parks, to working with local schools,” says Jurisdictional Manager Dan Keating.

The company, for example, participates regularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs with children from elementary school up to high school, most recently with the schools’ STEM camps.

“Kids participating in STEM camps are gaining the knowledge and skills to become our next generation of leaders,” Dan claims. He says students have built mini homes powered by solar panels, robots that can be controlled to pick up and place objects, and will soon be building their own LED cube.

“The Niagara Falls City School District is lucky to have National Grid as a partner in education, and I am certain we are having a positive impact on furthering STEM interests in our students,” says Ronni McGrath, STEM coordinator for the Niagara Falls Schools.

And Niagara Falls Schools Superintendent Mark Laurrie says, “We could not do it without National Grid!”

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