ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Appalachian Power has awarded more than $48,000 in grants to teachers, schools and robotics clubs across Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Of that, more than $27,000 went to Virginian recipients.
The company says nearly $6,000 in Teacher Vision Grants went to educators for classroom projects while another $42,000 went to schools and clubs through the FIRST robotics program.
According to Appalachian Power President and COO Chris Beam, the company has a strong commitment to education, particularly STEM-based programs.
“Education is the key to a brighter future for our children,” Beam said. “We are committed to supporting our talented educators with our Teacher Vision Grants, and FIRST Robotics Grants, which
enable students to gain experience in science and technology.”
Officials say the Appalachian Power Teacher Vision Grant program provides aid ranging from $100 to $500
to classroom teachers in the company’s service territory. Projects that have an academic focus and a
goal of improving student achievement are eligible for consideration.
The following four Virginia schools are set to receive fund through 2021 Teacher Vision Grants:
- Honaker Elementary School: $500
- Honaker High School: $500
- Marion High School: $500
- Tazewell Elementary School: $500
In addition, Appalachian Power provided 27 grants ranging from $250 to $6,000 to schools and robotics clubs through the FIRST robotics initiative. Fifteen of those grant recipients are in Virginia, the majority of which are located in the New River Valley:
- Blacksburg High School: $3,000
- Carroll County Middle School: $500
- Carroll County High School: $2,000
- Fancy Gap Elementary School: $500
- Gladesboro Elementary School: $500
- Gladeville Elementary School: $250
- Hillsville Elementary School: $500
- Laurel Elementary School: $500
- New College Institute: $4,450
- New River Robotics Association in Christiansburg: $2,750
- Oakland Elementary School: $500
- PC Rocket Robotics, Inc. in Stuart: $2,000
- Ridgeview High School: $2,000
- St. Paul School: $250
- Southwest Virginia Community College: $6,000