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From the very first day on the job, El Paso Electric (EPE) 2020 summer college interns worked on this year’s annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project by developing a virtual STEAM Camp Kit for 130 students with Anthony Independent School District (Anthony ISD).
The eight EPE summer college interns had to get very creative with this year’s CSR project due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Done in partnership with United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC), made possible through a grant by Union Pacific Railroad, this year’s cohort of interns researched, developed and designed a virtual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Camp Kit for elementary and middle school students with Anthony ISD.
“Empowering our youth within our community through accessible and constant education is integral to the development and advancement of our region,” shares EPE Vice President of Community Engagement Eddie Gutierrez.
“In order to continue to expand and innovate how we provide power to our customers, we will need a strong, skillful and local workforce. Efforts led by our summer interns through our Company’s longstanding CSR initiative done in partnership with organizations like United Way and Union Pacific will have benefits for generations to come.”
The virtual STEAM Camp Kit included a fun, interactive workbook of six hands-on experiments, an EPE backpack full of materials needed for each experiment and other giveaways like school supplies.
The workbook is designed to walk the student through each experiment step-by-step, with a link to “how-to” videos that will show students how to complete three of the six experiments.
“The heart of what we do is to unite services and people to benefit our community, and this year’s initiative exemplified the power of partnerships in the best way possible,” said Deborah A. Zuloaga, UWEPC President & CEO.
“For the past four years, United Way in partnership with Anthony’s ISD’s Child Nutrition has hosted an in-person STEAM Camp. This year, we are grateful to have El Paso Electric and its bright interns take the lead to transition us to an online platform, create an innovative curriculum and assemble kits to distribute at meal pick-up sites.”
STEAM kits were assembled and distributed safely to Anthony ISD families during regular scheduled meal pickups this week.
“The summer break is just as important to a child’s learning development as it is during the regular school year, so it is imperative we take advantage of this time like through opportunities with El Paso Electric’s corporate social responsibility initiative,” said Dr. Oscar A. Troncoso, Anthony ISD Superintendent.
“We were elated with the news that El Paso Electric, United Way and Union Pacific were all coming together to support our summer education effort and love how these STEAM kits make learning approachable and entertaining.”