|PSO, AEP Foundation donate to Little Dixie CAA Early Head Start program|
|Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00|
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and the AEP Foundation (charitable foundation of PSO’s parent company, American Electric Power Corporation), announce the gift of $75,000 to the Little Dixie Community Action Agency for facility repairs and equipment purchases for its Early Head Start Program in southeastern Oklahoma.
The AEP Foundation gifts will be used to address three critical needs:
• External and internal structural repairs for the Early Head Start center in Idabel ($62,500).
• Purchase of laptop computers for teachers ($7,000).
• Purchase of new, energy-effi cient stoves and refrigerators for the kitchens at three Early Head Start centers ($6,000).
“This gift indicates the commitment AEP-PSO has made to the educational and lifelong success of youth in Idabel,” said Harolynn Wofford, PSO’s Community Affairs manager for the Hugo, Idabel, Broken Bow area, and a member of the Little Dixie Community Action Agency’s board of directors.
“The contribution will enable badly needed repairs to be made to the Idabel Early Head Start center building, which suffered major water damage that has compromised the quality of the learning experience for the students. It also will be used to provide new laptops to the teachers and allow the purchase of new, reliable kitchen equipment, which is very important as the centers operate year-round, five days a week to prepare and serve breakfast, snacks and lunch onsite for the children.”
The centers in southeastern Oklahoma serve 48 at-risk children (ages birth the 3-years) each your who come from very low-income families.