St. Patrick School, Newton County Elementary teachers awarded Mississippi Power Environment Education grants

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At Newton County Elementary School, Beth Lang’s students will use their Mississippi Power Environmental Education Grant to plant flowers and then sing to them to see how that affects their growth.

Educators from St. Patrick School in Meridian and Newton County Elementary were among teachers from across South Mississippi presented Mississippi Power Environmental Education grants to support specific programs and advance the teaching of the skills needed in the environmental field.

Celeste Saucier of St. Patrick Elementary School and Beth Lang of Newton County Elementary School are among 19 teachers who will claim a share of $12,000 for equipment, supplies and projects that will aid their teaching of environmental science.

“Mississippi Power is pleased that our state’s educators are leading the way by engaging students on the importance of environmental protection and preservation,” said Mississippi Power Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman. “Teachers inspire their students in the classroom every day, and we hope these grants will assist and encourage a continued commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Mississippi Power began presenting teachers with environmental education grants in 2015. Since the program’s inception, more than $65,000 has been awarded to more than 140 teachers.

Mississippi Power’s Environmental Education Grants – What They Are Saying

Beth Lang, Newton County Elementary School teacher:

“Students will explore important plant facts using the arts and hands-on activities. We will purchase plant books by famous visual artists, art supplies for painting plants, a piano keyboard and melody bells to sing and play songs about plants. This project would not be possible if not for the generosity of stakeholders like Mississippi Power. I am thankful for businesses that invest in quality education for the students of Mississippi.”

Rebekah Reese, Biloxi High School teacher:

“It has been a goal of the Environmental Club at Biloxi High School to increase the awareness for the environment among our student body of nearly 1,700 students. We started a small recycling project last year with paper. This grant will allow us to expand the program school-wide and possibly include plastics as well. The students will be so thrilled to find out their hard work and determination has paid off.”

Latisha Taylor, Hawkins Elementary School teacher:

“We have a Memory Garden that’s set aside to honor students, parents and teachers that have passed away over the years. It’s a place where students can find peace and tranquility, read a book or just sit outside and relax if they’re having a rough day. We want to clean up the area and add some birdfeeders. The Memory Garden is located next to several floor-to-ceiling windows, so students will be able to observe the birds as they eat.”

Other Environmental Education Grant recipients are: Melanie Davis of Gulfport, Central Elementary School; Rebekah Reese of Biloxi, Biloxi High School; Carly Parker of Long Beach, Harper McCaughan Elementary School; Amber Lash-Banks of Ocean Springs, St. Martin High School; Leigh Hanna of Pascagoula, Pascagoula High School; Priscilla Flanagan of Carriere, Pearl River Middle School; Della Morgan of Forrest County, Forrest County AHS; Latisha Taylor of Hattiesburg, Hawkins Elementary School; Della Watson of Hattiesburg, Hawkins Elementary School; Dominique Hilton of Hattiesburg, Hawkins Elementary School; LaDisha Moore of Hattiesburg, Woodley Elementary School; Lindsey Iasty of Petal, Petal Middle School; Jaci Housley of Purvis, Purvis Lower Elementary School; Donielle Faler of Sumrall, Sumrall Elementary School; Jodi Cranford of Sumrall, Sumrall Elementary School; Stephanie Stringer of Columbia, Columbia Primary School; and Angela Blackwell of Laurel, Maddox Elementary School.

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