Georgia Power reports popularity of education initiative

More than 56,000 Georgia schoolchildren are learning about energy efficiency and the electric utility industry, through a statewide Georgia Power education initiative aimed at third-, fifth-and eighth-graders.

Teachers have embraced the program and praised its effectiveness. A survey of educators showed that 97 percent believe Georgia Power’s Learning Power curriculum helps them meet the Georgia Performance Standards for science.

Georgia Power has 12 education coordinators around the state to facilitate curriculum delivery focused on increasing awareness of, and an understanding of, energy efficiency.

One of them is Cedric Sheffield, of the company’s metro south region, which includes schools in Clayton County, Coweta County, Fayette County, Henry County and South Fulton County. So far, nearly 7,000 area students have participated in the program.

The energy educators are focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in Georgia schools. The program is also building awareness around careers in the electric utility industry, helping create well-informed future energy purchasers and covering topics relevant to the industry.

“We are pleased at the success of this program in its first year,” said Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Improving the educational experience in the communities where we serve is another example of our commitment to the state of Georgia.”

Last fall, the education coordinators began targeting third-, fifth- and eighth-grade programs to deliver energy efficiency messages through “in-class field trips” using hands-on activities, web-based learning, and educational/career awareness events. Georgia Power collaborated with the State Board of Education, educators and stakeholders to develop and deploy the curriculum, whose objectives are congruent with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

“I’ve visited 55 elementary schools throughout the region,” said Sheffield, “and all the students have been very enthusiastic about the presentations. The programs reinforce their classroom energy instruction and add the energy efficiency element. One young student was so interested that he asked what he needed to do to be able to work for Georgia Power.”

To learn more, visit www.georgiapower.com/learningpower.