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CenterPoint Energy recognizes Robbinsdale Area Schools for creating joy this holiday season
School children make 700 holiday cards for those in need

Robbinsdale’s School for Engineering and Arts receives an award and gift card for making holiday cards for those in need. Adults pictured left to right: Suzanne Pierazek, community relations manager for CenterPoint Energy; Jill Kaufman, VIP; Jean Krause, director of community relations for CenterPoint Energy and Kim Hiel, principal of SEA. Kids Front Row: Jayden Bartels, Avery Wulff, and Riley Bartels - Back Row: Noah Plahn and Ella Tracy.

MINNEAPOLIS – December 13, 2012 – CenterPoint Energy recently awarded Robbinsdale’s School of Engineering and Arts at Olson Elementary (SEA) and Noble Elementary with certificates and monetary gift cards for helping make holiday cards for recipients of the Metro Meals on Wheels (MOW) program, which aims to help home bound clients receive the nutritious meals and human connection they need to help them live independently. 

CenterPoint Energy along with the schools and local volunteers distributed candy and more than 700 specially made holiday cards, as well as, helpful energy assistance information to MOW participants.

“It is important for the School of Engineering and Arts to give back to our community.  Noble Elementary Principal, Jane Byrne and I were thrilled to take part with CenterPoint Energy to help the Meals on Wheels program,” said Kim Hiel, principal of SEA.  “We were further humbled when we received a $250 gift card from CenterPoint Energy that will be used to purchase science supplies for our school.  What an impressive effort - school community helping business community and in turn helping the community at large.  It doesn't get better than this during the holiday season!”

Jill Kaufman, Volunteers In Partnership (VIP) Coordinator for Robbinsdale area schools added, "It has been gratifying to see the partnership with CenterPoint Energy grow and develop in extraordinary ways. Our program, and certainly Robbinsdale Area Schools, have benefited from CenterPoint Energy's generous volunteer and financial contributions. Everyone we work with at CenterPoint Energy has been so supportive and a pleasure to know."  CenterPoint Energy has been a supportive corporate partner in providing volunteers to the Robbinsdale school district through its VIP program for a number of years. 

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CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $22 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit