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BP offers $100,000 in grants to Decatur, Morgan County teachers

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Teachers, do you put a lot of energy into your instruction?

Not physical exertion, but the kind of energy that fuels your car and powers your home and classroom.

BP is giving away $100,000 in grants from its A+ for Energy program to teachers in Morgan County and Decatur. Teachers could receive grants between $5,000 and $10,000.

Teachers must submit grant proposals detailing their creative classroom, after-school, extracurricular or summer activities focused on energy education and/or energy conservation.

Keith Hightower, BP's human resources manager in Decatur, said a company representative from Houston will meet with local principals Feb. 12 and 13 to discuss the program.

The company also will hold a grant-writing workshop for teachers in late February or early March. The application deadline is March 23.

Decatur Superintendent Sam Houston and Morgan County Superintendent Bob Balch said they were pleased with BP's program. BP already has partnerships with several of the two systems' schools.

"The great thing about this grant is you don't have to be a science teacher to benefit as long as you tie energy into your curriculum," Balch said. "And it's a great way to get money for their classroom."

Houston said the program fits well with Decatur's curriculum. BP has a partnership with Decatur City Schools, the Wetlands Edge Environmental Center.

"BP has been a wonderful partner in education, and this shows how strongly BP feels about environmental education," Houston said.

Applications are available at or by calling (877) 243-6760.

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