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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120301/FL62738LOGO ) 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
FPL awards $47,000 in grants to 43 teachers across Florida to fund classroom energy projects
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