Atmos Energy Donates $2 Million to Enrich Early Childhood Literacy
Wichita Falls, TX – Sept. 14, 2020 – Atmos Energy, through its Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, will donate $2 million across the eight states it serves to provide resources that help students read on-level by the third grade. Atmos Energy is committed to making a difference in communities it serves, and today’s pledge will serve as a catalyst to further develop childhood reading proficiencies.
“Our employees play a vital role in every community we serve through the investment of their time, their talent and their resources. That giving spirit brings out the best in us and our communities so they can thrive,” said Kevin Akers, Atmos Energy president and CEO. “Our employees are the heart and soul of Atmos Energy, and we take pride in doing everything we can to make our community a place where students can grow and flourish.”
Sharing a similar passion to open doors, broaden horizons and position kids for success, Atmos Energy is proud to allocate $1 million of the donation to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to fuel the love of reading through tools that teachers and parents will leverage to promote dedicated read-aloud time each day for their children.
“Being able to read proficiently by the third grade is critical for success in school and life,” said Jennifer Sampson, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas McDermott-Templeton president and CEO. “United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is proud to partner with Atmos Energy to bring these life changing resources to our youngest learners and their families.”
Third grade marks the shift from learning to read to reading to learn, which means poor readers are at greater risk for falling behind. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, research shows that students struggling to read at the end of third grade are four times less likely to finish high school.
“Fueling safe and thriving communities means we are committed to doing our part to enhance childhood literacy and reduce food insecurity,” said John Paris, Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division president. “Our efforts to ensure young children receive the tools they need to read on-level will fuel bright minds and healthy futures for our kids.”