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Learning Power program reaches 100,000 students

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Cedric Sheffield (left) is a local education coordinator with Georgia Power. In about a year, he has visited more than 30 Clayton County schools to share information on energy generation, conservation and careers.

Special Photo Cedric Sheffield (left) is a local education coordinator with Georgia Power. In about a year, he has visited more than 30 Clayton County schools to share information on energy generation, conservation and careers.

JONESBORO — Georgia Power recently reached 100,000 students statewide who have gone through its Learning Power program.

Learning Power is designed to bring energy education into classrooms, said Michele Wagner, Georgia Power’s director of energy efficiency.

“We are extremely proud to have reached this important milestone in our program,” said Wagner. “This underscores our commitment to helping improve overall academic achievement for children in Georgia while providing information to help them and their families use energy wisely.”

Eleven education coordinators work around the state teaching the curriculum at elementary, middle and high schools, focusing on science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

Education coordinator Cedric Sheffield has visited more than 30 Clayton County schools since the program began July 2011. The former math teacher shares information on energy generation, conservation and careers.

“The kids have a really good reaction,” he said. “A lot of the things that we do are hands on. Even though we talk about the Georgia Performance Standards [curriculum], we talk about energy efficiency.”

Sheffield said his lessons serve as a reminder to students and their families about energy conservation, now and into the future.

“As a power company, we want to put out the idea that we want to save energy because we have to use these resources,” he said. “It will be a part of their economy and not just ours.”

Wagner said the company’s goal is to improve academic achievement in STEM subjects and help create well-informed future energy users.

She said teachers throughout the state have been extremely receptive to the program, which exposes students to resources and activities that are not typically accessible in the classroom.

Georgia Power also recently introduced an energy efficiency storybook, “Joining the Watt Squad.” The book teaches younger students about energy efficiency and using energy more wisely.