As part of the School EmPOWERment Grants program, Walton EMC recently presented more than $241,500 to 34 schools in their 10-county service area. Nine WCSD schools received a total of $83,831 in grant funds to support various learning projects.
"Since 2017, Walton EMC has significantly impacted our schools by graciously donating almost $600,000 to fund various projects," said Superintendent Nathan Franklin. "We greatly appreciate their contributions and continued support of our students and staff. Their generosity has and will continue to make a lasting difference in our schools."
Walton EMC’s grant funds come from capital credit refunds that go unclaimed by former co-op customer-owners. After Walton EMC exhausts all efforts to find the rightful owners of the refunds, Georgia law allows the money to be used for community benefit.
“After providing reliable and reasonably-priced electric power, serving our community is next on the list,” said Walton EMC COO Ron Marshall. “Our School EmPOWERment Grant program is a perfect example of the cooperative principle ‘concern for community.’”
2022-23 School Empowerment Grant Recipients
Toye Powell, Harmony Elementary – Cultivate to Innovate | $2,137
Dr. Zeester Swint, Monroe Elementary – Book Vending Machine | $6,000
Caroline Brack, Sharon Elementary – Adaptive Playground | $22,480
Libby Haulk & Lucy Townley, Walnut Grove Elementary – Book Vending Machine | $8,000
Lora Alligood, Youth Elementary – High-Interest, Low-Level Books | $5,880
Katie Braselton, Youth Elementary – Book Vending Machine & Books | $7,740
Shanda Wise, Carver Middle – PBIS | $3,000
Heather Wills & Amber Dillard & Anna Earnest, Loganville Middle – Counseling Suite | $3,500
Sean Bryant, Loganville High - Livestock Barn | $20,000
Seema Parveen, Walnut Grove High – Critical Thinking and Engagement | $2,094
Hilery Wilson, Walnut Grove High – Learning the Great Outdoors | $3,000