Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power today reaffirmed its commitment to education by announcing more than 40 teachers from across the company’s service territory are recipients of 2017 Environmental Education Grants. The grants will be used for projects and classroom equipment that will advance the teaching of the skills needed in the environmental field.
The winning teachers will claim a share of the approximately $21,000 available for funding. Nearly 180 schools from the company’s 23-county service territory were provided information at the beginning of the school year about the grant program and the application process. Funding could be requested for worthy environmental education projects up to $1,000.
“Mississippi Power is proud to assist innovative teachers across south Mississippi,” Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman said. “Winning projects this year included water quality testing, building a greenhouse and planting a garden of the future. These students will have a unique opportunity to learn about environmental science and the importance of stewardship.”
Mississippi Power’s Environmental Stewardship Council – a group of employees focused on promoting conservation-related projects – reviewed the project proposals. Mississippi Power has awarded nearly $55,000 in Environmental Education Grants since the program’s inception in 2015.
Mississippi Power’s Environmental Education Grants – What They Are Saying
Colleen Kavanagh, Nativity BVM (Biloxi) teacher:
“As a long-time teacher who often dreams about projects that would benefit our young people, I appreciate the support from a local business. We plan to plant more trees and add a picnic bench made from recycled materials that our children and visitors can use. Students will also create a newsletter about conservation and preservation, with local opportunities and how to get involved.”
Stacey Posey, Oak Park Elementary (Laurel) teacher:
“I plan to use recycled pallets to create raised gardens to teach the students how to grow and care for fruits, vegetables and even flowers. The grant will be used to purchase gardening tools, plants, fertilizer, plastic sheeting, seeds, and several other types of gardening equipment. This is a year-round project that will encourage the students to try new foods and give them an experience that many inner-city students may never have.”
Karen Ishee, Bay Springs Elementary teacher:
“We are excited to receive this grant and begin work on our garden. We will begin with some flowers in some bright colored tires and some Fall vegetables in planters. We plan to build benches for the students to sit on and a white picket fence to enclose the area. My first-grade students are so excited!”
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