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School of Engineering and Arts awarded for crafting holiday cards
CenterPoint Energy gives back to school children for helping those in need

MINNEAPOLIS – December 19, 2013 – CenterPoint Energy recently awarded Robbinsdale’s School of Engineering and Arts at Olson Elementary (SEA) with certificates and a monetary gift card for helping make holiday cards for recipients of the Metro Meals on Wheels (MOW) program and The Salvation Army. MOW aims to help home bound clients receive the nutritious meals and human connection they need to help them live independently.  The Salvation Army ensures basic needs are met for those in need.  Together, these organizations help those who need groceries, assistance paying bills and with long term aid solutions. The holiday cards will be distributed by CenterPoint Energy to MOW clients along with natural gas energy assistance and conservation messages this holiday season. 

“Each year, we try to teach our students what is like to walk in other shoes.  This year, we are teaching our children about empathy at SEA. Working with CenterPoint Energy on a shared goal to help the Metro Meals on Wheels program and The Salvation Army programs provided our school with the exact synergy we were seeking,” said Kim Hiel, principal of SEA.  “We appreciate the opportunity to educate our students about empathy and appreciate the certificates and monetary gift that we plan to use to purchase science supplies to further enhance the brilliant minds of our children.”

Suzanne Pierazek, manager of Corporate Community Relations added, “We are proud of our relationship with Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) who connected us with the students at SEA.  CenterPoint Energy has partnered with VIP since 2009 in Robbinsdale Area School District.  We also learned from Principal Hiel that the school shares our energy conservation goals as well as community involvement. The school is planning a ‘Power-down Day’ in the near future to help their students understand how to save energy and money and reduce their carbon footprint.  We couldn’t be more proud of this talented group of students and staff. ” 
CenterPoint Energy lends support to educational, community development and environmental initiatives that enhance the quality of life for our customers, the environment and the community as a whole. To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.com/Community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales and services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns a 58.3 percent limited partner interest in a midstream partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major
natural gas and liquids-rich producing areas of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. With more than 8,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.