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Monday, May 23, 2022

Clay Electric Foundation donates $5,000 to help area students

Lake County students who are at risk for not graduating high school due to low performing reading scores will receive extra help thanks to a generous donation from the Clay Electric Foundation.

The $5,000 grant will fund the district’s ACT Reading Prep Program, which helps students prepare for the reading section of the required Florida standardized test. Lake County high school students can meet graduation requirements by receiving an ACT Test score that is comparable to the passing score on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test®

“The funding will be used to purchase student manuals, teacher lesson plans, and training and professional development services,” says Carman Cullen, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Lake County. “This generous donation is especially critical because we know many students are struggling through various obstacles to learning due to the pandemic.”

Last year, 431 high school students were able to participate in the program.

The grant was awarded from the Clay Electric Cooperative’s “Operation Round Up” program where the co-op’s members elect to round up their monthly bill to the nearest dollar with the tax-deductible amount going to the Clay Electric Foundation.

The Education Foundation of Lake County is one of eight organizations to receive a grant.

About the Education Foundation of Lake County

Established in 1987, Education Foundation of Lake County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and designated direct support organization for Lake County Schools. Our mission is to serve as the connection between our community and public education, evaluating needs and securing resources to enhance the quality of education. The Education Foundation of Lake County operates for the benefit of students and teachers in Lake County Public Schools.

Education Foundation of Lake County is ranked among the Top 50 Education Foundations in the United States by the Caruthers Institute. For more info, please visit