As the school year ends and summer begins, Georgia Power (a division of Southern Company No. 44 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) is once again hosting a series of statewide Learning Power summer camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The camps cultivate fundamental skills in the STEM areas and reach hundreds of students every year. The four-day camps take place throughout June and July with students already registered from local elementary schools across the state.
Georgia Power's Learning Power education program is rooted in the company's longstanding commitment to improving education in Georgia. Since the program's inception in 2011, the company has reached more than 405,000 students and hosted more than 16,700 individual STEM events. Learning Power education coordinators present STEM-related lessons highlighting energy basics such as simple circuits and energy efficiency, in addition to activities that help students understand how energy is made and distributed. During the 2016-2017 school year, Georgia Power hosted nearly 2,800 events in schools, reaching more than 70,000 Georgia students.
"Learning is a year-round and lifelong endeavor and we are honored to support the work of our state's schools through Georgia Power's signature summer camps and new partnership with the Atlanta Braves," said Johnna Robinson, community development manager for Georgia Power. "In addition to our commitment to the communities we serve, supporting education initiatives help to ensure that Georgia Power and other companies have access to the highly skilled, well trained workforce of the future."
In addition to the company's annual summer camps, Georgia Power has announced a new partnership with the Atlanta Braves to decrease summer learning loss among fourth and fifth grade students through an interactive math and reading digital learning course – the Summer Slugger Program. The baseball-themed program, which reinforces key math and reading skills, will take place at participating schools and non-profit summer enrichment programs such as Atlanta Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Latin American Association.