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Brookdale Elementary is the latest home for the SCANA Energy Homework Center.

The after school program is in its 14th year. It rotates among Bibb County schools, spending 3 to 5 years at each one.

SCANA regional manager Helen Stembridge said the company values the program because community service is one of the coorporate goals.

"It gives us a good opportunity to help impact our youths of today and our adults of tomorrow," said Stembridge.

The company spends $13,000 to $18,000 on these programs to cover afternoon snacks, incentives for the students, and extra pay for certified teachers.

"That's a huge benefit," said 4th grade reading teacher Christina Chapman. "They have certified teachers helping with the homework the way they're teaching it in class so they keep that connection with how they learned it."

Chapman and a colleague who teaches math help about 45 2nd through 5th graders who struggle in those areas. A similar afterschool program ended last spring when the grant funding ran out. Chapman said it's a blessing SCANA stepped in to fill the void.

"To think that we werent' going to have one, that was real scary," she said. "So we're thankful and we're goign to seize the opportunity and just try to do the best we can to provide as many opportunitiesas we can to help our students succeed."