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November 2011

The Official Newsletter of Diverse Power Incorporated

Innovation through vision. Quality through service.

Diverse Power enhances area education throughout the year BY JACKIE KENNEDY


merican Education Week is Nov. 13-19, but at serves as secretary on Diverse Power Foundation’s board Diverse Power, advancing local education is a of directors and is continually impressed with Diverse year-round endeavor. Power members whose contributions to Operation Round Whether by awarding scholarships to high school Up® bring the grants to fruition. seniors or stressing safety around electricity to elemen“Troup County Schools appreciate Diverse Power so tary schoolchildren, Diverse Power strives to do its part much because of the generosity of their customers who to enhance education by partnering with schools and make it possible for schools to get what they need,” says providing leadership and Cook. “Technology is expenlearning opportunities to sive, and schools don’t have students. the funds they once did with “For many years, the economy as tough as it is.” Diverse Power has Diverse Power has placed dedicated both monetary dozens of Promethean boards and human resources to in Troup schools, according to the education of the Cook, who says the interactive young people in our boards complement computers service territory,” says as the most technologically Residential Services/ advanced means to teach Marketing Coordinator students. Technology was also Ken Pope. “Diverse the focus of a grant to New Power realizes that its Mountain Hill Elementary ability to provide reliable School in Fortson, where New Mountain Hill Elementary teacher Lori Ellis, left, uses electricity with excepMedia Specialist Christina iPads purchased with a Diverse Power Foundation grant to tional customer service is Badowski requested iPads to instruct first grade students Alicia Jones, center, and Taylor only possible because of enhance digital instruction. Geter. the employees. This real“Keeping up-to-date ization confirms our betechnology in the hands of our lief that for the United States of America to continue to students is important, and we’ll use these iPads to teach be the greatest nation, we must focus on the education phonics, multiplication and fractions—there are educaof our youth and the development of their character tional apps for every subject available,” says Badowski. and integrity.” “With the recession and limited budget, this is how In September, the Diverse Power Foundation Diverse Power helps schools meet the needs of students.” announced its latest round of educational grants to 22 Janice Owens, principal at Park Elementary School in schools within the electric cooperative’s service territory. Hamilton, concurs. Mostly aimed at adding or improving technologies, the “We received a grant that helped upgrade our video grants totaled just over $107,000. collection [from VHS to DVD] so teachers can bring Ethel Kight Magnet School Principal Anne Cook Continued on page 20B November 2011

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trends Education, Continued from page 20A lessons to life through video,” says Owens. “I’ve always been impressed with the way Diverse Power reaches out to schools in the community, even without being solicited.” Along with grants, the Diverse Power Foundation annually distributes college scholarships to deserving high school students. This year, 16 students were awarded scholarships of $3,000 each. Throughout the school year, Diverse Power serves as a Partner in Education with five schools—Ethel Kight Magnet, West Side Magnet, Hillcrest Elementary and Mountville Elementary in Troup County, and Park

Diverse Power Foundation awards top $1 million mark


ince distributing its first round of scholarships and grants to students and schools in 2003, Diverse Power Foundation has disbursed more than $1 million to enhance education within its O P E R A T I O N service area. Funds that make the gifts possible are collected from Diverse Power’s Operation Round Up® program, where cooperative members “round up” their power bills to the next dollar with the difference funding educational initiatives. The Diverse Power Foundation, headed by a nine-member volunteer board, assesses grant applications and chooses recipients each year. With the latest round of awards, the Foundation’s total for educational giving in the past nine years has reached $1,140,437. Disbursements by year total: Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 TOTAL:

Scholarships $ 20,000 $ 30,000 $ 52,500 $ 63,000 $ 66,000 $ 60,000 $ 54,000 $ 48,000 $ 48,000 $ 441,500

Grants $ 67,125 $ 71,557 $ 85,038 $ 56,558 $ 36,953 $ 70,795 $ 138,478 $ 65,242 $ 107,191 $ 698,937

For information on how and when to apply for 2011 grants or scholarships, contact Diverse Power at (706) 845-2000 or visit 20B

Elementary in Harris County. Recently, staff at Hillcrest expressed a need for new mouse pads, and Diverse Power was eager and able to assist. “We had not Supplied by Diverse Power, new mouse replaced mouse pads complement computer learning for pads in some Eric Burke and fellow students at Hillcrest time, and when Elementary School. I called Ken Pope at Diverse Power, he came through with about 115 pads, and we were able to replace them in all our computer labs and classrooms,” says Hillcrest Principal Pam Doig. Whether it’s an immediate need, like the mouse pads, or routine gifts, like T-shirts for fifth-graders and planners for staff members, Diverse Power fills the gap, according to Doig. “They are consistent and reliable, and we appreciate all they do,” she says, noting that “Diverse Power is more Pope even visits Hillcrest’s than a company name— after-school program to teach students about electhey are diverse in the ways tric safety. they help. Whether it’s with “Diverse Power is student instruction, technology more than a company name—they are diverse in needs, supplies or anything the ways they help,” Doig else, we know we can call on adds. “Whether it’s with Diverse Power, and they’re student instruction, techalways willing to help any nology needs, supplies or anything else, we know way they can.” – Pam Doig, we can call on Diverse Hillcrest Elementary School principal Power, and they’re always willing to help any way they can. That’s very important to our school community.” As each school year begins, Diverse Power distributes planners and pencils, not only to its Partners in Education, but to all schools and students within its service territory, delivering approximately 4,000 planners to educators and about 30,000 pencils to students. Throughout the school year, Diverse Power staff is available to present safety demonstrations or to discuss the electric utility industry at Career Day events. Other student-oriented initiatives Diverse Power sponsors include the Washington Youth Tour, where Continued on page 20D

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2011-2012 Diverse Power Foundation Grants

Diverse Power’s annual emphasis on education, 2011-2012

Brookstone School, Columbus $ 5,000, tablet Callaway Elementary School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board Ethel Kight Magnet School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board Flint River Academy, Woodbury $1,500, computer, printer, digital camera Franklin Forest Elementary School, LaGrange $2,440, musical instruments

November Diverse Power celebrates education initiatives in “Trends”


January 10: Applications for Diverse Power Foundation grants and scholarships available 13: Walter Harrison Scholarship applications due 27: Diverse Power Leadership Institute for High School Students

Washington Youth Tour applications available

Greenville Middle School, Greenville $7,700, Promethean board, response devices Harris County High School, Hamilton $4,000, sheet metal controlled simulator Heard County Elementary School, Franklin $2,699, neo-writing, smart responders Hillcrest Elementary School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board

February 24: Washington Youth Tour applications due

Hogansville Elementary School, Hogansville $5,900, Promethean board Lafayette Christian School, LaGrange $6,000, interactive MIMO tech system LaGrange Academy, LaGrange $5,000, SMART board LaGrange High School, LaGrange $1,050, robotics Long Cane Elementary School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board Long Cane Middle School, LaGrange $3,560, Elmo document camera, LED projector Mountville Elementary School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board



April 27: Diverse Power scholarship winners announced

2: Diverse Power Foundation scholarship applications due 30: Washington Youth Tour delegates selected

May 30: Diverse Power Foundation grant applications due


Walter Harrison Scholarship winners announced



14-21: Students attend Washington Youth Tour 29: Diverse Power grant recipients announced

Georgia Cooperative Council’s Youth Leadership Conference held in Covington, Ga.

New Mountain Hill Elementary School, Fortson $4,609, extended digital learning Park Elementary School, Hamilton $4,632, DVD collection Rosemont Elementary School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board Unity Elementary School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board West Point Elementary School, West Point $5,900, Promethean board West Side Magnet School, LaGrange $5,900, Promethean board TOTAL awarded in grants. . . . . . . . $107,191 November 2011


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Back- to-school: Diverse Power distributes planners to teachers and pencils to students

Washington Youth Tour delegates featured on cover of GEORGIA Magazine

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Walter Harrison Scholarship applications available Teachers: Call Diverse Power to book a safety demonstration at your school. 20C

trends Innovation through vision. Quality through service.

Diverse Power Incorporated P.O. Box 160 1400 South Davis Road LaGrange, Georgia 30241 (706) 845-2000 (800) 845-8362

Board of Directors Chairman Charles Knight Vice Chairman Larry Williamson Secretary Dr. Bill Couch Jimmy Bailey Larry Keith Harrell Landreth David Murphy Roy Tollerson Jr. Richard Williams

Staff Wayne Livingston President/CEO Kathleen Boyd Assistant to the President/CEO Editor of “Trends” Randy Pruett Senior Vice President Wade F. Hall Senior Vice President Randy Shepard Senior Vice President Ken Pope Residential Services/ Marketing Coordinator Scott Sawyer Marketing Services Coordinator Customer Service Wendell Cox - Manager Lisa Booth Tanya Jones Cameron Susan Huckabee Shelley Johnson Sherri King Jackie Woodyard


Students: Don’t forget to apply for Walter Harrison Scholarship


iverse Power joins other electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia to sponsor the Walter Harrison Scholarship program, which provides $1,000 scholarships for academic expenses at accredited two- or four-year universities, colleges or vocational-technical institutes in Georgia. Electric cooperatives have a long history— at Diverse Power, it’s 75 years—of giving back to the communities they serve. In 2012, that tradition continues when Walter Harrison Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance. Grade point average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and financial need are considered when determining eligibility. A scholarship committee comprised of directors and managers of Georgia’s EMCs seeks to award scholarships to remarkable students who struggle with the high costs associated with attending college. Students applying for the scholarship must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program, complete an application and write a biographical sketch with a glimpse into his/her future plans. Created in 1985 by the board of directors of Georgia EMC, the trade association representing the state’s 42 electric cooperatives, the scholarship pays tribute to the late Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electrification movement. Since 1985, Georgia’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $140,000 to 153 students through the Walter Harrison Scholarship program. To receive an application, contact your high school counselor or Ken Pope at (706) 845-2000, ext. 347. Completed applications are due by Jan. 13, 2012.

Education, Continued from page 20B two high school students experience a week of leadership training in Washington, D.C.; the Diverse Power Leadership Institute, held each January for high school students displaying leadership potential; the Georgia Cooperative Council’s Youth Leadership Conference, offered annually for youth leaders; and the Walter Harrison Scholarship, another opportunity for assistance with college expenses. Other educational initiatives involve assisting Boy Scouts in their quest to earn merit badges, and several Diverse Power employees coach Little League and other sports during their off time, continuing the positive influence on youth, even outside the classroom. “In everything Diverse Power does, we focus on developing future leaders of our communities, state and nation,” Pope concludes. “We believe the investment in our youth will have positive impact for many years to come.” Diverse Power Incorporated Newsletter


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