American Electric Power Foundation Awards $75,000 to C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club Project

Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s parent company foundation, the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation, is pleased to announce the awarding of a $75,000 contribution to provide cutting edge resources for science and art programming labs in the new C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club. For more than 100 years, AEP has invested in the communities served through a variety of corporate philanthropic endeavors. Since 2005, the AEP Foundation has played an active, positive role in the communities where the employees live and work.

“I am thrilled to see the AEP Foundation contribution being offered to the Pete Silas Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville. The Boys & Girls Club has been such a vital partner to parents and guardians to reinforce academic success, community involvement and strong character, and making healthy choices,” said Michael Gordon, External Affairs Manager for Public Service Company of Oklahoma, an AEP company. “The STEAM labs will be another resource to help individuals explore interests in Science Technology Engineering Math, and even Art, and tap into their potential.”

The investment from AEP Foundation will ensure to proper and effective space for enhanced science, technology, engineering, math, and art programming for youth at the Boys & Girls Club. The space will allow for hands on experiments, academic research on lab computers, robotic coursework, and more, with the ultimate goal of Club members’ increased love of learning. In addition to gaining knowledge, members will also expand their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and team building capabilities.

“We currently offer a wide variety of age appropriate S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) and art programming at the Club. Members are able to apply what they learn to conduct hands on experiments like creating balloon rockets and volcanos,” said Jacob Wilson, Boys & Girls Club Director of Program Development. “We know that the more interactive and fun activities are for our members, the more likely they are to learn and retain the concepts. We look forward to engaging many more youth in arts and sciences in the new lab spaces.”

Construction on the C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club is well underway. The facility will include: a dedicated Teen Center, learning centers, gymnasium, recording studio, outdoor basketball court, and an expanded kitchen to better accommodate the nutrition program. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will partner with the Club to construct an artificial turf multipurpose playing field.

“We are so appreciative of the generous support of the AEP Foundation.  Community support is so vital to our success, and we can’t thank AEP Foundation enough for their support of the C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club,” said Jason Barta, Boys & Girls Club Chief Executive Officer.