MRC is a group of volunteer tutors who work with students in pre-kindergarten through third grade on improving language skills and reading proficiency.
“MRC tutors work with children at a crucial time in their development,” said Sara Fawcett, president and CEO of United Way of the Midlands, in a news release. “We know that children who aren’t reading on grade level by the fourth grade are four times more likely to fail to graduate high school on time. We are so grateful for partners like Dominion Energy who invest in the children of the Midlands.”
Last year, more than 300 MRC volunteers worked with 500-plus students in Richland, Lexington and Newberry counties.
“Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation are pleased to support early childhood education through Midlands Reading Consortium,” Dominion Energy spokeswoman Kristen Beckham said.
Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion is a nationwide producer and transporter of energy. It operates around 1,500 miles of transmission pipeline in South Carolina and Georgia and is one of the companies believed to be interested in buying state-owned utility Santee Cooper, which is being shopped by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster in the wake of the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.