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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Alabama Power Free Resources

Alabama Power offers several free, educational resources to assist with classroom learning. Here is a list of some of the offerings:

The Water Course – An educational center located in Clanton, the Water Course teaches visitors through interactive exhibits about the importance of water to our state and in our daily lives. The tour is self-guided and admission is free. For more information about the Water Course or to schedule a class visit, call toll-free (800) 280-4442 or log on to www.alabamapower.com/education and click on “Water Course.”

Science Suitcases – For years, teachers across the state have relied on the Science Suitcases program, which offers free, interactive science kits for classroom use. Educators can choose from more than 300 suitcases, which can be shipped to the Alabama Power office that is most convenient to the teacher for pickup. The kits are then returned to the office after the lesson is completed so they can be refurbished and used again. Teachers can review the list of suitcases and print out a request form at www.alabamapower.com/education. Click on “Science Suitcases.”

Patriots & Pioneers – This educational packet contains a VHS copy of the documentary, “The Tuskegee Airmen,” underwritten by Alabama Power. It also contains lesson plans that help students learn about these groundbreaking African-American military flyers of World War II who were trained in Alabama. The packet was jointly developed with the state Department of Education. Teachers can request a free copy at www.alabamapower.com/education.

Learning Power – An online resource for teachers, parents and students, Learning Power provides information and materials on the history of electricity, how it is produced, energy usage and conservation. You’ll find Learning Power by going to www.alabamapower.com/education. Click on “Learning Power.”

Safe-t-opolis – Help your students learn about electrical safety by inviting Alabama Power to bring Safe-t-opolis to your classroom. The three-dimensional model provides an entertaining and visually striking demonstration of the benefits and potential hazards of electricity. To request a visit, go to www.alabamapower.com/education.

Information about nuclear energy – The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant located near Dothan provides resources for classes that want to learn more about nuclear energy. To find out more, contact the Farley Nuclear Visitors Center toll-free at 1-800-344-8295 or (334) 899-5108.

Alabama Power Service Organization/Energizers – More than 4,800 Alabama Power and Southern Company employees, retirees and their families contribute their time and their own financial resources to a variety of educational and charitable organizations through the Alabama Power Service Organization and the retiree service organization, the Energizers. They are available, through local chapters, to tutor students and support other school projects. To learn more, call Alabama Power’s Office of Education and Volunteer Services at (205) 257-2364.

Alabama Power Foundation – Since its founding more than 15 years ago, the Alabama Power Foundation has provided more than $90 million in grants to a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations in the state, including educational institutions. To learn more about the foundation and its grant criteria, go to www.alabamapowerfoundation.com or call (205) 257-2508.

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