Appalachian Power awards grants to schools

July 21, 2013

CHARLESTON — More than $53,000 was awarded by Appalachian Power to schools in its service area as part of the company’s robotics and teacher vision grant programs. The robotics grant initiative is one of several company-wide programs to support Pre kindergarten through grade 12 education.

“Appalachian Power is critically aware of the need for strong science and technology education programs,” Mark Dempsey, external affairs vice president, said. “We are proud to help students as they pursue firsthand experiences in science and technology and explore career opportunities.”

The teacher vision grant program was launched in 2003 to provide aid ranging from $100 to $500 to classroom teachers.

“These grants are designed to reward the talents and creativity of Pre-K through grade 12 educators devoted to motivating youth to think creatively, to step into leadership roles and to address the challenges of the future,” Dempsey said.

Appalachian Power has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety and the balanced study of energy and the environment.

Information on the programs can be found at www.usfirst.org for robotics and www.aep.com/go/eduation for teacher vision.

Robotic grant recipients were Chapmanville Middle School, Chapmanville Regional High School, Logan Middle School, Logan High School, Man Middle School, Man High School and Mingo Central High School.

Teacher Vision Grant recipient was Buffalo Elementary School.