Gulfport School District honors company with community awards

Gulfport School District honors company with community awards

Tamara Proctor, energy efficiency education representative; Patrick Chubb, senior environmental specialist and Ann Holland, community development representative display the Gulfport Community of the Year awards Mississippi Power recently received.

Mississippi Power was honored with three Community Partner of the Year awards at the recent Gulfport School District Board meeting, recognizing the contributions of the company and employees for the 2017-18 school year.

Bayou View Elementary nominated the company for its Energy Efficiency Education program.

“Through the program, the fourth-grade students gained knowledge about saving energy and protecting the environment,” said Energy Efficiency Education Representative Tamara Proctor. “Their participation also earned the school a $250 mini-grant.”

In 2017, Mississippi Power’s Environmental Stewardship Council awarded two Environmental Education Grants to teachers at West Elementary for garden-related projects involving composting and growing earthworms.

“The foundation for the relationship with West was laid years ago when Community Connection volunteers worked at the school during our MLK Day of Service,” said Patrick Chubb, senior environmental specialist. “The environmental grants once again showed our commitment to education and earned the company the nomination for the award.”

The company’s continuing sponsorship of Mississippi’s premiere FIRST robotics team, Team Fusion #364, sponsorship of the FIRST Beach Bot Battle robotics tournament on the Coast, and the volunteer hours employees give the school garnered the company a nomination from Gulfport High School.

“Mississippi Power has been a great business partner with Gulfport High,” said Community Development Representative Ann Holland. “The company has been involved with their robotics team for years and employees have worked as mentors for years as well.

“Employees also served with other businesses to hold mock interviews for graduating seniors, interested students visited with company engineers on the job, and in March of 2017 we held iCan! Girls in Engineering at the school.”

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

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