Six Paulding teachers will use donations from an electricity cooperative's customers to fund educational projects for students in their classrooms.
Carroll EMC recently awarded grants of up to $1,000 each to public school teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for projects in any subject, a news release stated.
Bright Ideas grants are funded by donations from Carroll EMC members who participate in Operation Round Up, a program that uses the extra money after members “round up” their electric bill payments to the nearest dollar.
The program is overseen by Carroll EMC Foundation trustees and funds a variety of community service projects including Bright Ideas, student scholarships, and many health and human services programs.
For 2018, 104 grants were awarded, totaling $78,924, to teachers in 41 schools.
• Marc Pedersen and Tricia Pedersen, both of Paulding County High School.
• Tema Hoskins, Lyn Dedman, Rebekah Jordan and Leann Weaver, all of South Paulding High School.
Applications for 2019 will be accepted beginning July 1 and can only be submitted via the cooperative’s website at www.carrollemc.com.
Carroll EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity to about 50,000 homes and businesses in Paulding, Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Polk and Troup counties. It and other cooperatives sell electricity after buying it on a wholesale basis primarily from Oglethorpe Power Corp., as well as other sources.
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