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Teachers at 9 Gwinnett schools earn nearly $100,000 in grants

Walton EMC awards grants to 9 Gwinnett schools

Teachers at 9 Gwinnett schools earn nearly $100,000 in grants

January 19, 2017

     More than a dozen Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teachers at nine schools have received grants totaling nearly $100,000 from a local utility provider. Thanks to the Walton EMC EmPOWERment Grants these teachers will be able to strengthen their schools’ instructional programs and enhance student success. Recently, representatives from the energy company visited the following schools to deliver the exciting news to teachers and students.





Anderson-Livsey ES

Dr. Beth Friese

$2,325.00 ALES Makerspace

Brookwood ES

Laura Cooliver

$15,309.65 S.W.I.P.E.

Brookwood HS

Cindy Quinlin & Angie McLane

$17,500.00 Integrated Entrepreneurship Program

Five Forks MS

Jeni Greene

$10,593.95 Enhancing STEAM
Five Forks MS Andrew Whatley $5,800.00 1:1 Google Chromebooks
Five Forks MS Monica Brown $3,200.00 Full STEAM Ahead
McConnell MS Gaye Walk & David Thomas $3,750.00 Georgia Connect and Beyond
Mountain Park ES Heather Bridges $21,500.00 1-to-1 Chromebooks
Parkview HS Kate Heier $932.31 Vocational and Life Skill Training
Parkview HS Jordan Simmons $3,500.00 Chromebooks
Parkview HS Tammy Phillips $3,500.00 Chromebooks
R.L. Norton ES Ryan Moore $9,138.96 STEM/Robotics Room
Shiloh HS Nancy Chrisman $2,000.00 Life Skill Lab Remolding


The grant program, in its inaugural year, is made possible by a Georgia law that allows EMCs to use unclaimed refunds for community development after all attempts to find the owners are exhausted. No money from electric bills were used to provide these grants.


Norton ES Teacher Ryan Moore stands with Principal Terry Watlington while holding Walton EMC grant award.

Norton Elementary’s Ryan Moore is congratulated by Principal Terry Watlington on his grant which will fund a STEM/Robotics room at the school.


Brookwood ES Principal Cheri Carter, 2nd from left, and Teacher Laura Cooliver, third from left, are flanked by Walton EMC representatives.

Laura Cooliver of Brookwood Elementary School received $15,309.65 to fund her school project.



Principal Christine Douthart, far left, stands with Monica Brown, Andrew Whatley, and Jeni Greene (third-fifth from left) and two Walton EMC representatives.


Five Forks Middle School had three teachers who received grants from Walton EMC.


Standing second - fourth from left: Parkview HS Teachers Kate Heier, Tammy Phillips, and Jordan Simmons stand with their awards and a Walton EMC representative.


Three Parkview High School teachers received nearly $8,000 from Walton EMC for their projects.

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