January 31, 2007
BP Invests $100,000 in Morgan County for New Educational Grants Program
DECATUR, Ala., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BP will award instructional creativity by providing $100,000 in grants to Morgan County K-12 educators who teach students about energy and energy conservation. "A+ for Energy" is the successful educational program that BP started in California in 2004 and is now bringing to Morgan County.
"We are very excited that these grants provide the potential to further unleash the creative energy and imagination within our teachers so that they can utilize new and exciting ways to educate our students," said Decatur City Schools Superintendent Sam Houston.
Morgan County School District Superintendent Bob Balch said, ""These grants emphasize energy education and reward innovative thinking, and we're delighted that BP is bringing this program to the county."
Presented directly to teachers who submit creative classroom, after- school, extra-curricular or summer activities focused on energy education and/or energy conservation, the A+ for Energy grants will be made for $5,000 or $10,000 each.
"BP prides itself on providing opportunities for people who want to impact the world by creating new ideas and solutions to tackle energy issues," said Keith Hightower, BP's Human Resources Manager at the Decatur Works facility. "BP's A+ for Energy program was developed to capture that spirit of innovation and to recognize those Alabama teachers who inspire learning in their students by creating exciting and memorable experiences around the subject of energy."
BP's A+ grant program will be available for all K-12 grade public and private teachers serving in Morgan County. This includes the Decatur City Schools, Morgan County School District, as well as private schools.
"Working together with Decatur area teachers, we can help educate our children to be careful stewards of our precious resources" Hightower said. "And through the innovative programs and activities created by these teachers, we hope to inspire students to become the innovators who will develop future technologies that will both conserve and use energy more efficiently."
As part of its A+ for Energy program, BP will also award grant recipients with a scholarship to attend a three-day training conference conducted by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to be held this summer. The all inclusive scholarship will cover travel, meals and lodging expenses as well as a Science of Energy Kit valued at $500. The kit includes classroom tools and materials to help educators teach energy.
The overwhelming success of A+ for Energy in both Texas and California has resulted in BP expanding the program this year to six new locations throughout North America, including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio and Alberta, Canada.
Any K-12 teacher currently teaching in a Decatur-area public or private school is eligible to submit an application. The submission deadline is March 23, 2007. Winners will be announced May 21. Applications are available online at http://www.aplusforenergy.com/ or by calling 877-243-6760.
BP is the single, global brand formed by the combination of the former British Petroleum, Amoco Corporation, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Burmah Castrol. BP is a global producer, manufacturer and marketer of oil, gas, chemicals and renewable energy resources. Every day BP provides energy solutions to approximately 13 million customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit http://www.bp.com/.
NEED provides energy education training and curriculum to K-12 teachers and students throughout the United States. NEED programs encourage a "Kids Teaching Kids" approach to education, and provide teachers with the background and content knowledge they need to teach energy in a fun and energizing way. NEED materials are correlated to the National Science Education Standards and to the Alabama Department of Education standards for science, language arts and social studies. NEED provides workshops and classroom materials to interested teachers and school districts in Alabama. For more information about NEED, visit http://www.need.org/.
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