Youth Elementary School's Media Specialist Katie Braselton reacts to learning she's won a $14,000 Walton EMC School EmPOWERment Grant.
MONROE, Ga. – Christmas 2016 came a little early for students, teachers and schools scattered over Walton EMC’s 10-county service area.
Throughout the week of Dec. 12, the cooperative presented more than $300,000 to 30 schools through 62 School EmPOWERment Grants. The grants will be used to strengthen the schools’ instructional programs and enhance student success.
“We're extremely pleased with the response to our grant program, especially with this being the inaugural year,” said CEO Ronnie Lee. “Our schools build the foundation for the future of our communities. We’re glad we can be a partner in their vital work.”
The grant funds come from unclaimed capital credits.
Customer-owners who move off Walton EMC’s grid may be due capital credit refunds. In some instances, those checks are returned by the post office because of an incorrect address. After Walton EMC exhausts all efforts to find the rightful owners, Georgia law allows the money to be used for community development projects.
Recipients of 2016 Walton EMC School EmPOWERment Grants are:
Clarke County Schools
Whit Davis Elem.
Steven King – $2,431, STEM Technology and Literacy
Gwinnett County Schools
Dr. Beth Friese – $2,325, ALES Makerspace
Laura Coliver – $15,309, S.W.I.P.E
Cindy Quinlin and Angie McLane – $17,500, Integrated Entrepreneurship Program
Five Forks Middle
Jeni Greene – $10,593, Enhancing STEAM
Andrew Whatley – $5,800, 1:1 Google Chromebooks
Monica Brown – $3,200, Full STEAM Ahead
Gaye Walk and David Thomas – $3,750, Georgia Connect and Beyond
Mountain Park Elem.
Heather Bridges – $21,500, 1-to-1 Chromebooks
Kate Heier – $932, Vocational and Life Skill Training
Jordan Simmons – $3,500 Chromebooks
Tammy Phillips – $3,500 Chromebooks
Ryan Moore – $9,138, STEM/Robotics Room
Nancy Chrisman – $2,000, Life Skill Lab Remodeling
Oconee County Schools
High Shoals Elem.
Sally Robinson and Erin Bowen – $13,477, Chromebook Initiative
Malcom Bridge Elem.
Cindy Rose – $2,068, Igniting 21st Century Skills
Malcom Bridge Middle
Chris Booz – $7,860, Workshop Model Technology
Oconee County Elem.
Stephanie Dickens – $3,000, It's Elementary
Julie Tolbert – $3,000, Learning STEM with Lego
Keri Halleck – $3,000, STEM Lab Technology
Debra Newman – $5,007, 21st Century Maker Space
Samantha Kimbell – $4,159, iPads
Susie Searcy – $955, Mrs. Sercy's Classroom
Kristen Sheppard – $3,080, Interactive Application to Education
Andrea Alworth – $650, Happy and Healthy Hearing
Oconee County Primary
Paulette Moon – $450, Media Center Makerspace
Paulette Moon – $544, Kindergarten
Maria Kock – $1,230, Exciting Expeditions
Erin Tracy – $1,437, Mini iPads
Theologia Mataras – $1,437, Mini iPads
Jennifer Miller and Suzanne Worthington – $859, Social Studies and Science through Literature
Jennifer Miller and Suzanne Worthington – $4,680, Lexia ReadingCore5
Wendy Harrison – $2,700, The POWOR of Communication
Social Circle City Schools
Social Circle Elem.
Geneva Bugg – $4,000, Dreammaker Elementary
Michelle Jones – $250, Empty Bowls Project
Debra Rakestraw – $1,750 Summer Reading Buddies
Pam Wimpey – $2,000, Reading Redskins
Pam Wimpey – $22,636, A 21st Century Library
Social Circle High
Leanne Lowen – $6,000, Providing Access to Technology
Maggie Taylor – $1,200, Class Novel Sets
Social Circle Middle
Cappy Douglass and Sandy Briscoe – $5,395, “ADDING” To A Bright Future!
Cappy Douglass – $2,336.00, #PosterPride!
Social Circle Primary
Geneva Bugg – $700, Critter Cash Cart
Brandie Owens – $1,200, The “Labrary”
Wendy Baggett – $1,585, Therapeutic Therapy Materials
Kathy Harris – $9,150, Laptops for Learning
Walton County Schools
Atha Road Elem.
Madenna Landers – $8,766, Mobile Technology Lab
Jennifer Drake – $499, iPad
Burchfield, Hasty, Kempner, Odum – $1,091, Headsets
Debbie Long – $1,000, Owl Pellets
Camie McGaughey – $13,873, Chromebooks
Julie Alford – $4,000, Media Center Makerspace Studio
Courtney Cuneio and Lynn Cook – $727, Escape Boxes
Monroe Area High
Tim Cone – $10,474, Applying STEM Through Robotics
Barry Brazelton – $200, College Visitation
Bryan Hicks – $4,000, Build the Band
Dr. Freda Doster – $8,144, Technology Resources
Walker Park Elem.
Brian Weese – $9,140, Music Room Equipment
Walnut Grove Elem.
Ken Cline – $3,000, Borrowing Bins and Book Giveaway
Walnut Grove High
Sean Callahan – $3,250, IXL Learning Systems
Katie Braselton – $14,000, Chromebooks
Kristen Kennedy – $1,091, Frog Dissection
Walton EMC provides electric service to 125,000 residential and business accounts in a 10-county area between Atlanta and Athens. Because its customers own the company, service – not profit – is Walton EMC's primary focus.
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