School EmPOWERment Grants

Through the 2018 Walton EMC School EmPOWERment Grant program, the Walton County School District received over $120,000 for various projects including literacy, technology, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), playgrounds and more.

Walton EMC’s grant program is fully funded by unclaimed capital credit refunds. Capital credits represent the money remaining after Walton EMC pays its operational bills. Remaining funds are returned to customer-owners; however, some of those refunds go unclaimed by former customer-owners who move off the cooperative’s electric grid. After all attempts are exhausted to find the owners, Georgia law allows for the money to be used for community development projects. 

For the past three years, Walton EMC has generously donated over $1 million to various schools throughout their 10-county service area. This year’s round of awards saw 60 schools receive 85 grants worth $372,193. Fourteen WCSD schools received 22 grants worth $120,124.46.

Below is a list of this year’s WCSD grant recipients by school:
Atha Road Elementary
Haley Wilcox, Increasing Literacy at Home – $1,454.71
Heather Richardson, Healthy Active Students – $6,296

Bay Creek Elementary
Jill Schmidt, Zoo-Phonics for BCES ELLs – $419.95
Jacquelyn Harlan, KinderChrome Learning Lab – $4,960

Harmony Elementary
Barbara Griffeth, "Good Hope" for Shade at HES – $20,500

Loganville Elementary
Camie McGaughey, One on One Chromebook Grades 3-5 – $5,310
Camie McGaughey, Outdoor PE Playground Equipment – $2,462.80

Sharon Elementary
Freda Doster, Chromebook Initiative – $7,665

Walker Park Elementary
Brian Hobbs, 2nd and 3rd Grade Libraries – $15,000

Walnut Grove Elementary
Haley Herrick, Improving Literacy Through the Library – $7,000 
Jessica Harris and Ken Cline, Increasing Positive Student Behaviors – $2,500

Youth Elementary
Katie Braselton, Chromebooks and Carts – $6,495

Carver Middle
Timothy Mock, Instrument Storage Cabinets – $5,000

Loganville Middle
Ansley Autry, PBIS Spark Store – $1,000
Justin Youngblood, Loganville Livestock Store – $12,000

Youth Middle
Ashlee Shephard, Laura Clayton, Robotics Club – $3,849.99
Danielle McNish, Inspiring YMS Artists – $3,307.01

Loganville High
Andrea Hobbs, A Day in the Life at LHS – $1,505

Monroe Area High
Ivy Corder and Dwayne Wiggins, MAHS Career Center – $5,000
Jamie Nichols, MAHS PBIS Rewards Store – $1,000

Walnut Grove High
Polly Holder, Around the World in 80 Minutes – $4,439
Chris Wheeler, Getting Science on the Right Track – $2,960

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