FPL awards $47,000 in grants to 43 teachers across Florida to fund classroom energy projects

 FPL awards $47,000 in grants to 43 teachers across Florida to fund classroom
                               energy projects

PR Newswire

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 23, 2013

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-three teachers across
the state of Florida are recipients of a combined $47,000 in grants from
Florida Power & Light Company's 2013 Teacher Grant program to support
innovative, teacher-designed classroom projects. The projects aim to teach
students about energy, its sources, and uses.

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Teachers from more than 40 schools received grants ranging from $500 to $2,500
to fund projects including wind turbine generators, solar car and golf cart
races, and cooking with the power of the sun.  All projects adhere to the
Florida State Board of Education's Sunshine State Standards. Teachers
submitted proposals to be judged and selected according to stated goals,
energy curriculum content, creativity, and plans for budget and evaluation.
Completed projects may be featured on FPL's Solar Station website at
www.FPL.com/solarstations.

"FPL has consistently demonstrated a commitment to clean energy in the
community, and we're thrilled to partner with Florida's teachers to bring
exciting, innovative projects into the classroom to get their students
inspired to help us lead the way to tomorrow's clean energy world," said Pam
Rauch, vice president of Development and External Affairs for FPL.

FPL's Teacher Grant Program has cumulatively awarded more than $175,000 to 175
teachers across FPL's 35-county service territory over the past four years.
The grants are provided courtesy of the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is
funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., the
nation's largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun.

Recipients are selected by the National Education Energy Development project
(NEED), a nonprofit organization working with energy companies and agencies to
bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation's classrooms.

"While the importance of science and engineering education grows, school
budgets are shrinking," saidNEED Executive Director Mary Spruill. "The
Teacher Grant program, combined with curriculum support and teacher training,
steps up to help provide our schoolchildren the opportunities they need to
learn about energy."

FPL's Teacher Grant program is part of FPL's larger commitment to clean energy
in the state. Beyond the teacher projects, FPL has installed Next Generation
Solar Energy Station arrays at 14 educational facilities across Florida and
built three large-scale solar power plants to supply power to its customers.

The winning teachers include:

BREVARD:

  oApollo Elementary School – Elizabeth Faulkner
  oBayside High School – Naim Torlak
  oBrevard Virtual School – Teresa Arrouet
  oHeritage High School – Somer Y. Sutton
  oHeritage High School – W. Randy Lyons
  oJupiter Elementary School – Sherry Love
  oJupiter Elementary School – Tonya Doughty and Christine Gayle
  oMerritt Island High School/DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology –
    Joseph Harvey
  oOcean Breeze Elementary School – Holly Mentillo
  oR.L. Stevenson School of the Arts – Stacey O'Connor and Tom Englert

BROWARD:

  oApollo Middle School – Luis Espinosa
  oBroward County Schools STEM and Instructional Resources Department –
    Rosina Bencivenga
  oCoral Cove Elementary School – Barbara Grillo
  oEagle Point Elementary School – Emily Taggart
  oGator Run Elementary School – Susan Beren
  oHollywood Park Elementary School – Eileen Santiago
  oNew River Middle School – Barbara Humphreys
  oNova Blanche Forman Elementary School – Marjorie Archer
  oPanther Run Elementary – Nicole Williams
  oPembroke Pines Charter High School – Lianne Haviland
  oSouth Broward High School – Milijan Milos
  oWestern High School – Chin Tang Liu

COLLIER:

  oOasis Middle School – Lori McLain
  oPinecrest Elementary School – Carlene M. Grossi

FLAGLER:

  oBelle Terre Elementary – Edward Wolff

INDIAN RIVER:

  oSebastian Charter Junior High School – Cathleen Tinder

LEE:

  oColonial Elementary School – Kimberly Clements

MANATEE:

  oJames Tillman Elementary School – Karen Cobb

MIAMI-DADE:

  oCarrolton School of the Sacred Heart – Nancy Susana Chu
  oRockway Middle School – Rosa Milagros Rengifo
  oSouth Miami Middle Community School – Susanne Banas
  oWhispering Pines Elementary – Dianne Rizo and Ana Ugarte

PALM BEACH:

  oA.D. Henderson University School – Allan Phipps
  oSouth Tech Academy – Meghan Hess
  oWarfield Elementary School – Lisa Knapp

SARASOTA:

  oManatee High School – Patricia Harris
  oSarasota School of Arts and Sciences – Carlos Hernandez
  oWakeland Elementary School of International Studies – Edward Hashey

ST. LUCIE:

  oMariposa Elementary School – Adam Archer
  oMorningside Elementary School – Mollie Mukhamedov
  oRivers Edge Elementary School – Margo Barnes
  oRivers Edge Elementary School – Matries Florio (winner of two grants this
    year)

VOLUSIA:

  oDeltona High School – John Clark

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2011. During the five year period ended December 31, 2011, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data
available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A
clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of
the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a
subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For
more information, visit www.FPL.com.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

Website: http://www.FPL.com
Contact: Julia Wakefield, Florida Power & Light Co., +1-305-445-9750
 
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