ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2011) – The Progress Energy Foundation has donated $50,000 to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that helps students in public schools. The donation is earmarked for teachers interested in holding energy-focused lessons in their public school classrooms in the Progress Energy Florida service area. Progress Energy and DonorsChoose.org are collaborating on the “Almost Home” initiative.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s energy consumers, and it’s important that we provide them with innovative energy education opportunities to prepare them to be wise energy consumers in the future,” said Vincent Dolan, President and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. “These projects will help students understand where the energy they use every day comes from and how to use it wisely.”
Progress Energy encourages interested teachers to visit www.donorschoose.org/teachers to submit their ideas for energy-focused classroom projects. Qualifying projects will receive an “Almost Home” funding offer from Progress Energy, allowing community members to bring the project “across the finish line” for $98 or less. Citizens interested in supporting these initiatives can look for the Progress Energy logo next to projects that are shown with an “Almost Home” offer on the DonorsChoose.org website.
Teachers working in any of the 35 counties in the Progress Energy Florida service area may apply for funding immediately. Projects can include up to $1,100 in materials needed to teach energy-focused lessons, and will be selected to qualify for “Almost Home” funding within one week of being posted on the DonorsChoose.org website. Funding will continue until Progress Energy has distributed the full $50,000.
Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art power system. The Progress Energy Foundation is funded each year by the company’s board of directors from shareholder funds, and is not in any way related to a customer expense.
For more information about Progress Energy, visit progress-energy.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org) is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and teacher thank-you letters. To date, 202,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $93 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through DonorsChoose.org, individuals from all walks of life have helped 5.4 million students.
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