Ten local classrooms were enhanced with $500 Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants thanks to Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association (EECA). The cooperative has offered the grants within its service territory to help fund classroom projects.
“Teachers are resourceful and resilient, but they can always use help,” said EECA General Manager Shane Hermetz. “We are aware that adequate funding for many schools is a challenge. Commitment to Community is one of our Touchstone Energy core principles, and we are committed to the communities we serve and want to invest in the education of our youth.”
The purpose of each grant is to help fund special classroom projects to help enrich the students’ educational experience. The grants went toward projects at Murphysboro High School, Perandoe Education Program in Red Bud, DeSoto Grade School, Tamaroa District #5, Red Bud Elementary School, Carterville Intermediate School, Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School, Sparta High School, Trinity Christian School and Red Bud Elementary & High Schools.
The Classroom Empowerment Grants were offered and awarded to teachers or school administrators of public and private K-12 schools to help with projects that will improve educational opportunities for students. An impartial panel of judges evaluated the applications based on the projects that best serve the purpose of improving the learning environment and/or increasing educational resources for the school.