For the Kids

September 1, 2021

FirstEnergy employees have been out in the community – volunteering on behalf of the children in our service area. Here are a few fun examples.

These employees assisted with planting a community garden at Sherman Elementary School in the Toledo Edison service area. The students will maintain the garden throughout the school year and the vegetables will be shared with the community. This garden is part of the American Heart Association’s initiative to teach children about nutrition.

L.-r.: Chris Cunningham, Transmission project manager V; Mike Hosier, director, Operations Services; Trina Myers, Customer Account specialist IV; and Brad Reutz, Estimating & Design representative-senior.

The finished garden.

Members of MOSaic’s (EBRG) Community Involvement Committee recently helped the Children in Need Agency support disadvantaged youngsters in Potomac Edison’s Maryland service area. Since volunteer opportunities at the agency have been minimal due to the pandemic, our employees found an alternate method to give back – purchasing 32 pairs of shorts for boys in need. Children in Need’s mission is to provide every Washington County child living at or below poverty level with essential items and educational supplies to ensure his or her success in school.

The shorts are ready to go to their new owners.

LaJeana Dickson-Gilliam, Customer Account specialist, The Illuminating Company, and Laura Fisk, consultant, Community Involvement, served as judges for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) Summer Learning Experience district finals. Students from seven schools in grades first through third prepared humanities projects exploring their own cultures and determining how they impact the world.

LaJeana, far l., and Laura, far r., are with Paul Hoover, CMSD, (next to LaJeana); the winning students; and their advisor. The students are from Campus International School in Cleveland and their winning project was “Walk in Other People’s Shoes.”