AEP Foundation Funds Traveling Sci-Port Exhibit


The check presentation was held during SWEPCO Safety Day activities May 21 at Sci-Port to celebrate National Electrical Safety Month. SWEPCO and Sci-Port employees during news conference as Carey Sullivan, director of SWEPCO corporate communications, left, and Ann Fumarolo, Sci-Port president/CEO, hold the Foundation check for $300,000.

An AEP Foundation gift of $300,000 will fund a new traveling exhibit for Sci-Port Discovery Center. The exhibit will educate children on the basics of energy and the importance of sustainability.

“The AEP Foundation is proud to support Sci-Port in its mission to provide informal science education to students in the region,” said Venita McCellon-Allen, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “Through the Foundation, we are equipping students with the tools needed to understand the future of energy, so they can be a part of the educated workforce in the future.”

In Spring 2017, the exhibit will be taken to school children throughout northwest Louisiana. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the exhibit will begin traveling to Title I schools in every county and parish throughout the SWEPCO service area, which extends from North Texas to East Texas, central Louisiana and western Arkansas.

“Our current outreach exhibits have been well-loved and well-used. We’re thrilled to be gaining a brand new exhibit to bring to thousands of new children thanks to the AEP Foundation’s generous gift,” said Ann Fumarolo, Sci-Port’s president and chief executive officer.

The exhibit is a much-anticipated addition to Sci-Port’s current traveling outreach exhibits, Gee Whiz and Space Journeys, which explore physical sciences, math and space sciences.

About the AEP Foundation

The American Electric Power Foundation complements a tradition of corporate philanthropy exhibited by American Electric Power and its regional utilities in support of AEP’s community relations goal: “To support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work.”  The AEP Foundation was created in 2005 to continue to support that goal. The Foundation generally considers requests for multi-year commitments from organizations in the communities served by AEP’s regional utilities or where AEP has major facilities.

About Sci-Port Discovery Center

Sci-Port Discovery Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and the Space Dome Planetarium, IMAX® Dome Theatre, gift shop and café. Accolades include Best Science Attraction for Kids in Louisiana, Attraction of the Year in Louisiana, and one of Parents magazine top ten science centers in the nation. Sci-Port is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the LA Space Consortium. The Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront. For information visit

Author: Carey Sullivan

Carey Sullivan is SWEPCO's director of Corporate Communications and is based at the company's Shreveport, La., headquarters.

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