March 24, 2003, Atlanta, GA - SCANA Energy's Homework Center at Matilda Hartley Elementary in Macon is celebrating the annual academic achievements of its students on Thursday, March 27. The closing ceremony, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., will be held in the school's media center at 2230 Anthony Road.
Now in its fourth year of operation at Matilda Hartley, the SCANA Energy Homework Center has been named one of the best programs in the Tri-State region. Teachers and SCANA Energy officials will present trophies to the Center's students enrolled in the program as well as recognize parents during the school's annual closing ceremony. Homework Center Manager Dr. Najma Hunter-Johnson says, "We are highly encouraged by the tremendous progress our students are making and appreciate the corporate support we have received to sustain this educationally rewarding program." Adds SCANA Energy Homework Center Director Norvell Pettus, "Dr. Hunter-Johnson's creativity, motivation and innovative approach to operating her Center has set the standard for how we require all of our Centers to operate."
SCANA Energy Homework Centers provide a safe and structured study environment where students can complete their class assignments and learn proper study skills. Two certified teachers, one serving as program coordinator, operate the homework center at Matilda Hartley. In addition to the certified teachers, SCANA Energy also provides funds for supplemental snacks and student incentives. The homework center at Matilda Hartley operates from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The center serves 25 fourth-grade students.
SCANA Energy currently sponsors six homework centers in Georgia. The company adopted the award-winning program from its South Carolina-based parent company, SCANA Corporation. In addition to Georgia and South Carolina, SCANA operates homework centers in North Carolina.
SCANA Energy, serving more than 350,000 customers in Georgia, is the second-largest marketer of natural gas in Georgia.