Mississippi Power is recognizing teachers across south Mississippi with Environmental Education Grants for the 2019-2020 school year.

More than 40 teachers will claim a share of $21,000 to aid their teaching of environmental science with equipment and supplies.

Pass Christian teacher Tara Foretich (left) and members of the Pass Christian High School Green Team receive their Environmental Education Grant from Senior Environmental Specialist Patrick Chubb.

“These great educators submitted projects designed to help their students learn about natural science and to gain a better appreciation for the environment in which we all live,” Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman said. “They are preparing tomorrow’s leaders, tomorrow’s workforce, and, we hope tomorrow’s environmental stewards.”

This is the fourth year that Mississippi Power has recognized teachers with environmental education grants. Since the program began in 2015, nearly $87,000 has been awarded to almost 190 teachers.

Pascagoula High School teacher Leigh Hanna will use her grant to purchase Kill-A-Watt meters for students to test the number of watts used by various appliances.

“Students will calculate the cost of electricity used by the appliance while it is on and compare it to the cost of electricity used while the appliance is off,” Hanna said. “The activity will be used in our Energy unit to discuss energy consumption, sources of hidden energy costs and the importance of conservation.”

At Laurel High School, students at the Career and Technical Center will design and build an organic garden, and then plant, grow and maintain fruits and vegetables.

“First and foremost, we hope the students will learn new skills and concepts that they can apply in the future,” said grant winner Jeannine Agee. “We also want the students to have a sense of ownership and pride in creating something beneficial through collaboration and partnerships.”

Environmental Education Grant recipients

Danielle Whittington, Columbia (Columbia Elementary School)

Drew Mattison, Purvis (Lamar Christian School)

Tabitha Rayner, Laurel (Laurel High School)

Dermeka Johns Laurel (Laurel High School)

Stephanie Singley, Meridian (Lamar School)

Linda Weir, Meridian (Northeast Middle School)

Tracy Henderson, New Augusta (Perry Central High School)

Denise Ladner, Purvis (Purvis High School)

Chris Gleason, Purvis (Purvis High School)

Adam Courtney, Purvis (Purvis High School)

Kirk Davis, Purvis (Purvis Upper Elementary)

Angie Lawhon, Seminary (Seminary Elementary School)

Tracey Hanegan, Seminary (Seminary Elementary School)

LaDisha Moore, Hattiesburg (Woodley Elementary School)

Maggie Farrell, Hattiesburg (Sacred Heart Catholic School)

Katie Windham, d’Iberville (d’Iberville High School)

Chrissy Rester, Picayune (Picayune Junior High School)

Casey Sweet, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Michelle Trahan, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Gennifer Crosby, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Tara Spiers, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Marissa Cooper, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Emily Smith, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Kristen DeVore, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Renee Burge, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Raymond Spiers, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Celia Crochet, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Lori Bailey, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Jeremy Williams, Picayune (Heritage Christian Academy)

Kaycee Schielder, Picayune (St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School)

Ceara Hixson, Picayune (St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School)

Robin Verkamp, Picayune (St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School)

Lynda Mathiew, Lucedale (L.T. Taylor Intermediate School)

Bill Carroll, Moss Point (Moss Point Career & Technical Education Center)

Leigh Hanna, Pascagoula (Pascagoula High School)

Tara Foretich, Pass Christian (Pass Christian High School)

Suzanne Valdez, Pass Christian (Pineville Elementary School)

Shannon Gottschalk, Pass Christian (Pineville Elementary School)

Holly Willis, Pass Christian (Pineville Elementary School)

Jessica Moore, Pass Christian (Pineville Elementary School)

Elizabeth Kenworthy, Pass Christian (Pineville Elementary School)

Brandi Hoxie, Biloxi (Popp’s Ferry Elementary School)

Traci Barrientos, Ocean Springs (The 3-D School)

Melanie Davis, Gulfport (Pass Road Elementary School)

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