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Energy projects subject of grant

September 23, 2010
A grant from an energy company could fund educational projects in the school district. During a recent meeting of the Warren County School District’s board of directors, members approved a proposal to instruct the administration to work with interested teachers in the district to develop and submit applications for the grant. The measure passed as an item in the consent agenda. At a previous Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee meeting, Coordinator of Grants and Foundation Development Matthew Jones said the grant awards up to $500. Teachers use the money to develop projects, he said, with those involving electricity receiving preference. According to a grant overview on the district website, school districts in the operation areas of the operating companies of FirstEnergy Corp. can apply for the grant. The overview stated teachers of grades K-12 can apply. “Projects focused on electricity and/or electricity production may receive greater consideration,” the overview stated. Districts may not use the grants to pay teachers or staff, according to the overview. Equipment and field trips may only comprise part of the grant proposal. Teachers from the same building wishing to apply must do so for separate projects, the overview stated. According to the overview, teachers have until Sept. 20 to apply and will receive notification by Oct. 25, though Jones said he did not receive any eligible ideas and so the district did not apply. “FirstEnergy proudly supports classroom projects and teacher professional-development initiatives focusing on mathematics, science and technology,” FirstEnergy’s website stated. “More than 1,000 educators and leaders of youth groups have received grants since the program began during the 1986-87 school year.” According to the website, projects incorporating one-time, one-year implementation and evaluation will receive greater interest than other projects. The website also stated including additional support from other sources for larger projects would increase interest.


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