March is Get Georgia Reading Month and Georgia Power is highlighting the importance of literacy with company education coordinators reading in classrooms to students across the state. Georgia Power representatives are in classrooms every schoolyear as part of the company’s signature energy education program Learning Power. The Learning Power program places education coordinators in schools to provide customized curriculums and materials at no cost with lessons focused on science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) that involve hands-on activities highlighting energy basics such as simple circuits and energy efficiency.
“Literacy skills are the foundation for academic success in the classroom regardless of grade level or field of study,” said Amy Hutchins, education and workforce development manager for Georgia Power. “Participating in Get Georgia Reading Month is part of our longstanding support of education as what is taught in classrooms is key to preparing a highly skilled workforce of the future.”
In addition to classroom involvement, the Learning Power program has produced and published four books focused on energy education, reinforcing the importance of literacy. The books include Power Savers – The Adventures of Savvy and Squander; Joining the Watt Squad – The Adventures of Savvy and Squander; Savvy and Squander Learn How to Make and Save Electricity with Dr. E; and Savvy and Squander Saving Energy with Emerald and Dr. E. These books are used as part of Learning Power’s curriculum for Pre-K through second grade and Learning Power summer programs with each student receiving a copy of a book to take home.
Georgia Power's commitment to education spans its more than 100-year history and is emphasized companywide. Free resources are available for educators including interactive diagrams, an online energy calculator, access to power plant tours and more. Other efforts to enhance and improve education in Georgia include partnerships with groups such as Literacy Action, Junior Achievement and assistance grants for new teachers awarded annually across the state. For more information about Georgia Power's initiatives and programs, visit www.georgiapower.com/education.