Georgia Power engages 100,000 students in STEM learning
Company wraps up successful school year of education partnerships, classroom curriculum
ATLANTA, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today a significant increase in the number of students engaged in its energy learning programs throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Nearly 100,000 students in schools across Georgia participated in the company's in-school initiatives including Learning Power, PowerTOWN and Georgia Pre-K Week this year. As part of Georgia Power's commitment to education, the company works in classrooms and communities across the state to deliver lessons and seminars through these programs focused on energy and engineering, as well as science, technology, education and math (STEM) topics.
"There is no greater investment we can make in Georgia's future than ensuring that our students and our teachers are prepared with the basic skills and knowledge they need to be successful in key STEM areas," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "Enhancing education is the responsibility of all of Georgia's companies and we're honored to have the opportunity to continue to have such an impact across the state, year after year."
Education program highlights from the recent school year include:
Supporting classroom education also means supporting teachers. For more than a decade, Georgia Power has provided much-needed funds for new Georgia teachers through its New Teacher Assistance Grant program. Last year, the company awarded 41 new Georgia teachers with $1,000 grants to purchase classroom supplies and start their careers as pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers. Since 2004, the company has awarded more than $350,000 in individual grants to more than 350 new teachers in communities across the state.
In addition to STEM-related education programs, improving education at all levels is also a primary philanthropic initiative for Georgia Power. In 2015, the company contributed $5.8 million to support education initiatives such as the Ron Clark Academy, University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc. and Berry College, Inc. This includes company matched employee donations to 86 institutions of higher education and a $500,000 donation for Georgia Public Broadcasting's updated interactive in-classroom video series for teachers: Chemistry Matters and Physics Fundamentals.
To learn more about Georgia Power's commitment to education, including all of its programs and resources available for students, parents and educators, visit www.georgiapower.com/education.
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