AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) announced today that four teachers in its Illuminating Company service area have been awarded Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Grants. The grants, of up to $500 each, will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs throughout the school year.
Grant winners are: the team of Dmitri E. Kourennyi, Emmett Keller, and Joseph Serowik, Richmond Heights Secondary School, Richmond Heights, Ohio; and Jill Jones, Kensington Intermediate School, Rocky River City School District, Rocky River, Ohio.
"FirstEnergy is proud to provide these grants to our winning teachers to promote innovative science, mathematics and technology lessons that will help our students succeed in the classroom and ultimately in the workplace," said Dee Lowery, vice president of Corporate Affairs and Community Involvement and president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. "As is the case every year, we received outstanding applications and had a difficult time choosing the winners."
FirstEnergy offers annual grants of up to $500 to teachers and administrators at schools served by its electric utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia, and where it operates power plants or other facilities. FirstEnergy will award 31 grants, totaling more than $11,000, to educators across its service area in the 2011-12 academic year.
Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.
The Illuminating Company serves approximately 1 million customers in the Cleveland area.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise the nation's largest investor-owned electric system. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.