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Felician Center after-school program receives grant

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Representatives from Duke Energy presented the Felician Center with a monetary gift that will support a science program for the after-school tutoring class. Pictured from left foreground: Felician Center students, Keshuan Cooper, Diamond Cooper, and Jahiem Cooper. Second row: Vital Aging of Williamsburg Program Director Charlene Bradley, Vital Aging of Williamsburg Foster Grandparents Mattie Keels, Sammie Pressley and Emma Miller, Felician Sister Mary Johnna Ciezobka and Duke Energy representative Theo Lane. Back row: Duke Energy representative George Acker, Vital Aging of Williamsburg Executive Director Robert Welch, Chuck Belding, Sister Mary Susanne Dziedzic, Kingstree Mayor Ricky Burrows and the Rev. James Lane. PHOTO BY MICHAELE DUKE

A Duke Energy Foundation gift will continue to expand the educational aspect of the Felician Sisters ever growing ministry. On July 31, George Acker, vice president, Community Relations, Duke Energy and Theo Lane, district manager, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy presented a monetary gift in the form of a grant to the Felician Center. “This is a continuation of the Duke Energy Foundation to support the partnerships established with the Felician Center and Vital Aging,” said Lane, “It’s just a small gift for them because they do such wonderful work.” The funds will support an after-school tutoring program for neighborhood children.

Sister Mary Susanne Dziedzic was thankful for the generosity of the Duke Foundation. “We thank them first of all for the grant. Last year they funded field trips for the kids. Many times our kids don’t get to go on field trips with the school because they can’t afford it, so at least through us they can go,” said Dziedzic. She said this year the funds would support Science South a Florence based science program. “Science South will correlate their lessons to the curriculum,” said Dziedzic. “The kids will be getting 12 different programs during the school year - sponsored here and paid for by the Duke Energy Grant.”

The Felician Sisters arrived over 20 years ago and have served the community through their ministry with an after-school tutoring program for neighborhood children, as well as providing a food pantry, community meals, home repairs, a clothing closet, prayer groups and family support services. Kingstree Mayor Ricky Burrows has witnesses the Sisters’ tireless commitment to the community. “They’ve done a great job for the kids in this area,” said Burrows. “They came to one of the roughest places and they’ve done wonders.”

They also enjoy a close partnership with Vital Aging of Williamsburg. Vital Aging Executive Director Robert Welch attended the presentation. “The Felician Sisters have helped us with computer technology training both for the wellness center seniors and the Foster Grandparent volunteers who you see here today,” said Welch. “They really enjoyed it - liked their very first experience with a computer.”

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