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LOS ANGELES -- BP's 2008 A+ for Energy program recently awarded $1 million in grants and scholarships to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 teachers in Southern California, the company stated.
The program recognizes innovative energy education programs through cash grants of $5,000 or $10,000, which allow teachers to implement programs, attend a three-day Energy Educator Training Conference on a full scholarship and receive classroom materials including a Science of Energy kit valued at $500, according to the company.
"It's encouraging to know that the program is meeting its key objective, which is to engage students in a very personal way to increase understanding of energy and its vital role in everyday life." Irene Brown, national director of the A+ for Energy program, said in a statement. "We want to help students make the connection from the classroom to the real world. Partnering with teachers is essential to making this happen."
Since 2004, the company's A+ for Energy program awarded to nearly 7,000 California area teachers. Winners are selected based on the development of creative and student-focused classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer programs centered on energy or energy conservation, the company stated.
"Teachers provide the catalyst for students to think seriously about the importance of energy, energy conservation and the environment," Thomas Markin, vice president of government and public affairs for BP America, said in a statement. "BP takes great pride in awarding A+ for Energy grants and scholarships, because they not only recognize educational innovation, but also help teach future generations to become responsible stewards of energy resources and the environment."