Charleston's Clay Center gets grant for middle school education program

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $139,000 over two years to help fund an education program for middle school students.

The grant was awarded Thursday by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Through the "emPowered Stories" program, students at least six schools are producing videos exploring energy issues in their communities. The schools are in Barbour, Boone, Gilmer and Jackson counties. The 10-minute videos will be displayed in a special exhibit at the Clay Center.

One of the project's goals is to encourage students to take science and technology courses in high school.

Last year the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation awarded a $194,000 grant over two years for the project.

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