Years of Working Together to Improve Education Yields Results
Jackson, Miss. -- The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education twice
recognized Entergy as a top Mississippi school-community partner during the
annual Governor's Awards. Held at the 27th annual State Conference, the
Governor's Awards recognize creative, results-oriented partnerships that
emphasize student achievement in reading, science and math, the arts, fitness
and health, community involvement, and many other areas that are vital to
Entergy was the recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award of Distinction along
with the Laura Bush Foundation, Jackson State University, Home Depot and others
that serve as models for community partnerships focused on academics and
community development. Entergy also accepted a second award for work done with
the Claiborne County School District in Port Gibson. Together, Entergy and
Claiborne County work on innovative educational and community initiatives. Port
Gibson is the home of Entergy's Grand Gulf Nuclear Station.
"It is extremely satisfying to be recognized for this partnership,"
said Don Arnold, Entergy customer service manager in Claiborne County.
"Together Entergy and Claiborne County educators and parents work hard
to enrich the lives of students and citizens in many ways. Claiborne
County is a long-standing partnership that we deeply value."
|Former Mississippi Governor William Winter (third from right) is
by representatives from Claiborne County and Entergy during the
Entergy contributions to the Claiborne County school district
supported the purchase of smart-technology white boards (SmartBoards)
for middle schools and initiated a local partnership with Digital
Opportunity Trust (DOT) USA. DOT representatives worked to place
tech-savvy interns in the classrooms, providing one-on-one coaching for
both students and teachers. Other support from DOT includes helping
expand the classrooms' understanding of existing SmartBoards;
facilitation of technology equipment repairs, putting existing
nonfunctioning equipment back in service; and working directly with
county school leadership on a long-term technology plan.
Another significant activity made possible through Entergy's partnership
included a grant to the Mississippi Natural Science Museum, where Claiborne
County schoolchildren experienced "Nature Express," a traveling science
initiative. Entergy also provided seed money for a new chapter of Parents for
Public Schools, and helped facilitate the "Get on the Bus" initiative aimed at
improving graduation rates. Through a grant to Alcorn State University with
teaching support from Entergy's Grand Gulf employees, Claiborne County students
also can participate in a Saturday Science Academy, an advanced curriculum in
math and science offered at the nearby college campus each Saturday during the
Claiborne County schools were also one of the first to adopt Entergy's "Power
Path to Nuclear Energy" science curriculum which expands students' understanding
of nuclear energy and is supported through classroom presentations by Grand Gulf
employees. The award-winning partnership between Claiborne County and Entergy
over the years has yielded results. Port Gibson Middle School advanced to a
"High Performing "High Performing School" rating according to the Mississippi
curriculum test scores. Over the past three years, students scoring "proficient"
and above in Reading/Language Arts increased by 12% and in the area of Math
increased by 14%.
"Our partnership with Entergy has provided resources and funding for many
innovative programs that would not exist without the community support network
we have built together," said Parent and Community Relations Coordinator Angela
Hampton. "In the face of mounting budget cuts in public education, good
neighbors like Entergy are providing essential resources that our schools need
to offer creative, high-quality learning opportunities that benefit students,
teachers, parents and communities."
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States.
Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11
billion and approximately 15,000 employees.