FAIRMONT, W.Va., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) has awarded six West Virginia teachers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education grants. The grants, up to $500 each, will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs throughout the school year.
Grant winners and their schools include:
- Kylie Canter, Hamilton Middle School, Parkersburg
- Carol Coryea, Paw Paw Schools, Paw Paw
- Melinda Edwards, Westwood Middle School, Morgantown
- Nancy Holdsworth, New Manchester Elementary, New Cumberland
- Debra Mullens, Pierpont Church of the Nazarene, Morgantown
- Jeanne Oiler, University High School, Morgantown
"FirstEnergy is proud to award these grants to our winning teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction," said Holly Kauffman, president of West Virginia operations for FirstEnergy. "We're happy to help our teachers cultivate an interest in these fields of study and hope it will inspire more West Virginia students to pursue STEM-related careers."
FirstEnergy offers grants up to $500 to individual teachers and administrators at schools served by its electric utility operating companies and in communities where it has facilities.Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area. FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Its generation subsidiaries currently control more than 18,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp. www.firstenergycorp.com