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Teacher earns Georgia Power grant
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ATLANTA — Richmond Hill Elementary School teacher Jennifer Cox is among the recipients of Georgia Power’s annual New Teacher Assistance Grants, the company announced this week.
Georgia Power has selected 42 new public-school teachers from across the state to receive one of the company’s annual $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grants. Since launching the program in 2004, the company has awarded a total of $327,000 in individual grants to more than 300 new teachers across the state. The company awards the grants each year to provide the state’s newest teachers with funds to buy classroom supplies and start their classroom careers. Recipients include pre-K, elementary-, middle- and high-school teachers.
“There have been a lot of changes in education in Georgia over the past 10 years, but one constant is new teachers need  support as they enter the classroom,” said Pedro Cherry, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power. “These grants, which continue to grow each year, are part of our wide-ranging commitment to quality education in Georgia as an essential element for the state’s economic success.”
Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by Georgia public colleges and universities that have schools of education.
To be eligible for a grant, each candidate must be in the top 25 percent of their class, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching. Grant recipients are encouraged to use the funds for items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers, projectors or other supplies to enhance their classrooms.
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