Mississippi Power recently was honored by the Gulfport School District with its Partner in Education Award for the company’s ongoing commitment as a district community education partner.
“We could not provide the real-world experiences to our students without business partners like you,” said Gulfport School District Superintendent Glen East at the April board meeting. “I love getting that call from Mississippi Power, saying ‘what can we do to help?’ The experience and guidance that you’ve provided to our students is valuable to their future life choices. We appreciate the time you spend with us.”
The company is involved in numerous projects with Gulfport schools, including iCan! Girls in Engineering events, sponsorship of the high school’s robotics team and yearly donations of Environmental Education Grants to area schools. The company has also participated in numerous school district career fairs, provided guest speakers for district events and is also partnering with 28th Street Elementary School to provide volunteers for its BOOST Mentoring Program.
“One of Mississippi Power’s priorities is to engage in the communities we serve and act as good corporate citizens,” said Tommy Murphy, Coast Division manager. “We believe it’s important to be involved with school districts in our service territory, spend time with students and help prepare their pathways to the future.”
Tamara Proctor, the company’s Energy Efficiency Education Program representative, was also recognized with the Community Partner of the Year Award by West Elementary School Principal Joshua Lindsey.
“The kids love having Tamara come to speak with them on how to help their parents save energy at home,” Lindsey said. “For a lot of our students, seeing her presentation might be the first time they’ve ever thought about energy efficiency. None of what we do can be done without community education partners like Mississippi Power.”
West Elementary is one of more than 100 schools Proctor and her team have visited throughout the service territory since the program began back in late 2014.
“We’re pleased that the Energy Efficiency Education Program has had such a positive impact with the students and the community,” Proctor said.