Elkin City Schools recognized two key people with Duke Energy who officials said played an integral role in local education.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe highlighted the work of Jimmy Flythe, director of West Region Government and Community Relations, and Jerry Stroud, construction and maintenance supervisor of the Elkin and North Wilkesboro operation centers.
Through Duke Energy and an assistance program of the company, they have helped with leadership strategies, said Bledsoe.
Each were awarded a certificate and medal in a six-year program of participation with the school and thanked for a recent $7,500 grant.
The focus of the Duke Energy foundation will be in charities that will help the community. One was STEAM (Science Technology Engineering the Arts Mathematics). Bledsoe said they have given money with a focus on the children and want to recognize them for all they have done for kids K-12.
Flythe thanked the school board for the honor and was appreciative of the hard work of ECS and how high they rank in school systems, he said.
Stroud, a retired veteran of Duke Power for 37 years, said it was great to be part of the collaborative effort with the schools to help the kids with their needs.
Bledsoe opened the Elkin City School Board meeting on Monday with a quote from Hugh McCloud.
“As long as you feel inspired your life is well spent.” Bledsoe encouraged listeners to inspire others.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.