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2012 Child of Appalachia® Writing Contest Open

FAO Launches2012 Writing Contest for Region’s Students and Teachers in Partnership with theDuke Energy Foundation


Essays Now Being Accepted from 4ththrough 8th Graders Across 32 Counties

Nelsonville,OH Dreaming, innovating,believing and achieving! If you could invent something for your community, whatwould it be and what problem would it solve? The Foundation for AppalachianOhio (FAO) invites all 4th through 8th grade students wholive and attend school throughout the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio to answerthat question for its 6th Annual Childof Appalachia® Writing Contest.


“At the Foundation, we believe one of the mostcritical things we can do is encourage our region’s young people to believe intheir ability to succeed,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO president and CEO.“Through the Child of AppalachiaWriting Contest, FAO is working to prompt thoughts and conversation inclassrooms across the region with positive messages to instill the mindsets andconfidence necessary for success.”


Awards will be available for winning students and theirteachers, from each grade level in each of the 32 counties in Appalachian Ohio(384 total awards available). FAO willprovide each winning student, one per grade level in each county, with twotickets to COSI, Great Lakes Science Center, or the Cincinnati Museum ofNatural History and Science, depending on their county of residence.Additionally, the Duke EnergyFoundation’s generosity will provide the teacher of each winning studentwith an iPad to be integrated into his or her classroom curriculum.

“This projectcan have a long-term, positive impact not only on students, but also on theregion.  It’s a great fit for the DukeEnergy Foundation because it directly addresses our focus areas of education andenvironment, and it’s a great fit for the students who may one day be a part ofour workforce,” said Karen Monday, Vice President of the Duke EnergyFoundation.


This year’s prompt asks students to write about aninvention they would create and tell about the problem it would solve for theircommunity. All submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 21st.Detailed information on the 2012 Contest, including guidelines and entry forms,can be found here. Questions may be directed to WendyHarbarger, Foundation Services Assistant, at 740.753.1111.


About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a regional community foundationserving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with the mission of enriching theregion’s current and future quality of life. A 501(c)(3) public charity, theFoundation attracts contributions for programs and endowment, makes grants forcharitable and civic purposes, and supports local efforts for positive change.For more information about FAO, visit


About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the UnitedStates with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utilityoperations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in sixstates in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and internationalbusiness segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in NorthAmerica and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energyassets in the United States.


Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 companytraded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More informationabout the company is available at: