Snapping Shoals EMC awards grants to Rockdale teachers

A number of teachers from Rockdale County Public Schools will share in total, over $15,000 awarded through the Snapping Shoals EMC Bright Ideas grant program. Eleven RCPS schools and one district-wide program were awarded the grants by SSEMC Vice President of Engineering Services Todd Mooney at a celebratory reception on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Rockdale County Board of Education offices in Conyers. Shown here are: back row - Avian McKie MMS, Dr. Kechia Rowles RCPS Athletic Department, Timothy Cockburn CJH, Jaqueline Evans RCHS, Ret. Lt. Col. Stephen Williams CMS; Middle row - SSEMC Public Relations and Executive Services Coordinator Leigh-Anne Burgess, Katy King DMS, Jessica Kiser PSE, Jennifer Caruso SHS, Sirena Graves RCPS Learning Support, Monica Seeley HHS, SSEMC VP of Engineering Services Todd Mooney; front row - Assistant Principal Joanna Anglin MMS, Janice Foot CJH, Pamm Dugan SCE, Terri Anschutz PSE, Jennifer Schie FSE, Cafeteria Manager Teresa Longo MMS, RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry A. Oatts. (Special Photo)

CONYERS - A number of teachers from Rockdale County Public Schools will share in a total of $18,000 awarded through the Snapping Shoals EMC Bright Ideas grant program.

Eleven RCPS schools and one district-wide program were awarded the grants by SSEMC Vice President of Engineering Services Todd Mooney at a celebratory reception on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Rockdale County Board of Education offices in Conyers.

The complete list of selected projects is as follows:

  • Janice Foot, C.J. Hicks Elementary, “Sensory Sensitive Classroom.”
  • Timothy Cockburn, Maria Medley and Heather Webb, C.J. Hicks Elementary, “Perfectly Positioned for Learning!”
  • Stephen Williams, Conyers Middle School, “Aerospace Engineering Robotics Lab Project.”
  • Katy King, Gen. Ray Davis Middle School, “We Give a HOOT! Bringing to Light the Issues Facing Georgia’s Birds of Prey.”
  • Katy King, Gen. Ray Davis Middle School, “Connecting Conyers Through the Arts… Continuing the Connections.”
  • Jennifer Schie, Flat Shoals Elementary, “Art Rocks!”
  • Monica Seeley, Heritage High School, “Stay ‘Lit’ for Literacy.”
  • Michael Benjamin, Avian McKie, Batini Farris and Teresa Longo, Memorial Middle School, “Farm to Cafeteria Table: Growing Food to Feed Young Minds.”
  • Jessica Kiser, Pine Street Elementary, “Drum Circle.”
  • Terri Anschutz, Pine Street Elementary, “Career Exploration Centers for Innovative Learning: Robotics.”
  • Jacqueline Evans, Rockdale County High School, “Recycle Program.”
  • Jennifer Caruso, Salem High School, “Clowning Around” (circus skills for theater).
  • Pamm Dugan, Shoal Creek Elementary School, “3D City: Whole School Collaboration to Design & Build a STEAM Model City.”
  • Kechia Rowles, RCPS Athletics, “Diamonds Are a Girls’ Best Friend” (softball program growth).
  • Sirena Graves, RCPS Learning Support, “Transition Fair and Life Skills Boot Camp” (for students and families with special needs).

SSEMC allocates grant money from unclaimed capital credit funds, which is ultimately designed to help teachers who wish to extend educational opportunities and activities for students by developing student interests and abilities.

Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is a consumer-owned electric cooperative providing electric service to approximately 95,000 homes and businesses in an eight-county area. Headquartered in Newton County, most of the utility’s service area is in Henry, Rockdale and Newton counties, where grants also were distributed to teachers. Portions of DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Morgan and Jasper counties also are included.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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