FPL awards $47,000 in grants to 43 teachers across Florida to fund classroom energy projects

Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:00am EST

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JUNO BEACH, Fla.,  Jan. 23, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-three teachers across
the state of Florida are recipients of a combined  $47,000  in grants from 
Florida Power  & Light Company's 2013 Teacher Grant program to support
innovative, teacher-designed classroom projects. The projects aim to teach
students about energy, its sources, and uses.

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Teachers from more than 40 schools received grants ranging from  $500 to $2,500 
to fund projects including wind turbine generators, solar car and golf cart
races, and cooking with the power of the sun.All projects adhere to the Florida
State Board of Education's Sunshine State Standards. Teachers submitted
proposals to be judged and selected according to stated goals, energy curriculum
content, creativity, and plans for budget and evaluation. Completed projects may
be featured on FPL's Solar Station website at  www.FPL.com/solarstations.

"FPL has consistently demonstrated a commitment to clean energy in the
community, and we're thrilled to partner with Florida's teachers to bring
exciting, innovative projects into the classroom to get their students inspired
to help us lead the way to tomorrow's clean energy world," said  Pam Rauch, vice
president of Development and External Affairs for FPL.  

FPL's Teacher Grant Program has cumulatively awarded more than  $175,000  to 175
teachers across FPL's 35-county service territory over the past four years. The
grants are provided courtesy of the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded
by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., the nation's
largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun.  

Recipients are selected by the National Education Energy Development project
(NEED), a nonprofit organization working with energy companies and agencies to
bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation's classrooms.

"While the importance of science and engineering education grows, school budgets
are shrinking," said NEED Executive Director  Mary Spruill. "The Teacher Grant
program, combined with curriculum support and teacher training, steps up to help
provide our schoolchildren the opportunities they need to learn about energy."

FPL's Teacher Grant program is part of FPL's larger commitment to clean energy
in the state. Beyond the teacher projects, FPL has installed Next Generation
Solar Energy Station arrays at 14 educational facilities across Florida and
built three large-scale solar power plants to supply power to its customers.

The winning teachers include:

BREVARD:

* Apollo Elementary School -  Elizabeth Faulkner
* Bayside High School  -  Naim Torlak
* Brevard Virtual School -  Teresa Arrouet
* Heritage High School -  Somer Y. Sutton
* Heritage High School -  W. Randy Lyons
* Jupiter Elementary School - Sherry Love   
* Jupiter Elementary School -  Tonya Doughty  and  Christine Gayle
* Merritt Island High School/DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology -  Joseph
Harvey
* Ocean Breeze Elementary School -  Holly Mentillo
* R.L. Stevenson School  of the Arts - Stacey O'Connor and  Tom Englert

BROWARD:

* Apollo Middle School  -  Luis Espinosa
* Broward County  Schools STEM and Instructional Resources Department -  Rosina
Bencivenga
* Coral Cove Elementary School -  Barbara Grillo
* Eagle Point Elementary School -  Emily Taggart
* Gator Run Elementary School -  Susan Beren
* Hollywood Park Elementary School -  Eileen Santiago
* New  River Middle School  -  Barbara Humphreys
* Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School -  Marjorie Archer
* Panther Run Elementary -  Nicole Williams
* Pembroke Pines Charter High School -  Lianne Haviland
* South  Broward High School  -  Milijan Milos
* Western High School -  Chin Tang Liu

COLLIER:

* Oasis Middle School -  Lori McLain
* Pinecrest Elementary School -  Carlene M. Grossi

FLAGLER:

* Belle Terre Elementary -  Edward Wolff

INDIAN RIVER:

* Sebastian Charter Junior High School -  Cathleen Tinder

LEE:

* Colonial Elementary School -  Kimberly Clements

MANATEE:

* James Tillman Elementary School -  Karen Cobb

MIAMI-DADE:

* Carrolton School  of the Sacred Heart -  Nancy Susana Chu
* Rockway Middle School -  Rosa Milagros Rengifo
* South Miami Middle Community School -  Susanne Banas
* Whispering Pines Elementary -  Dianne Rizo  and  Ana Ugarte

PALM  BEACH:

* A.D. Henderson University School -  Allan Phipps
* South Tech Academy -  Meghan Hess
* Warfield Elementary School -  Lisa Knapp

SARASOTA:

* Manatee High School -  Patricia Harris
* Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences -  Carlos Hernandez
* Wakeland Elementary School of International Studies -  Edward Hashey

ST. LUCIE:

* Mariposa Elementary School -  Adam Archer
* Morningside Elementary School -  Mollie Mukhamedov
* Rivers Edge Elementary School -  Margo Barnes
* Rivers Edge Elementary School - Matries Florio (winner of two grants this
year)

VOLUSIA:

* Deltona High School -  John Clark

Florida Power  & Light Company
Florida Power  & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in
 Florida  and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric
utility in  the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2011. During the five year period ended  December 31, 2011, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available
in  December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean
energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the
leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a
subsidiary of  Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more
information, visit  www.FPL.com.

SOURCE   Florida Power  & Light Company


Julia Wakefield, Florida Power & Light Co., +1-305-445-9750

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