Mississippi Power recently provided scholarships for more than 100 teachers from the company’s service territory to attend the Making Connections Conference in Biloxi.

Over the eight-year history of the event, the company has financially supported nearly 1,000 teachers to participate in the state’s largest teacher’s conference through its Barton Awards program.

“At Mississippi Power, we strongly believe education is critical to success in our ever-changing, high-tech world,” Vice President of External Affairs and Shared Services Billy Thornton said in welcome remarks to the teachers. “We are committed to supporting our teachers, our schools and a variety of educational programs.”

The purpose of the Making Connections Conference is to provide educators with innovative and strategic teaching practices, useful resources, and opportunities to expand their professional network.

“Being able to attend this conference for the first year is so beneficial,” said Pearl River Center Endeavor teacher Victoria Waaga. “Being here shows me that Mississippi Power is committed to education. It’s not just a slogan or motto.”

Teachers supported by the company to attend the event work within the company’s service territory and have a focus on STEM curriculum.

“This is my second year attending the conference because of Mississippi Power’s generosity and I am so excited and thankful,” said Bel-Aire Elementary School (Gulfport) teacher Victoria Allen. “It was fun to take a break from virtual learning to come here and expand my skillset because teachers are lifelong learners.”

Several Community Connection volunteers worked prior to the conference to prepare the attendee bags with resources and sponsorship materials as well as set up the Mississippi Power booth.

At the booth, Risk Services employees explained the importance of electrical safety awareness in classrooms. Their presentation featured the current electrical safety video that is geared towards elementary students and advertised the new high school safety video that will debut in September.

Now in its 96th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 188,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power recently was a recipient of the Community Partner Impact Award from the Center for Energy Workforce Development for its innovative and ongoing efforts to build a diverse workforce. 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 atmississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.