Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company and the OGE Energy Corp. Foundation Inc. is helping thousands of students in Oklahoma and Western Arkansas learn about science, technology, reading, engineering and mathematics (STREM) and energy efficiency. The company and its foundation donated $70,000 to help fund 322 classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform for donating to public schools.
“The projects we supported provide opportunities for students to be involved with innovative programs and enrich their educational experience,” said Kathleen O’Shea, OGE spokesperson. “We believe it’s important to support the schools in our communities and provide resources to help students have lifelong success.”
Local districts receiving funding are:
• Bethel Elementary School
• Gordon Cooper Technology Center
• Macomb Elementary
• Shawnee High School
• Will Rogers Elementary, Shawnee
OG&E and the OGE Energy Corp. Foundation expanded donations to include projects that promote or teach energy efficiency and/or projects requesting EPA-rated products for the classroom in addition to STREM projects.
Together, OG&E and the OGE Energy Corp. Foundation have donated $500,000 for teachers’ classroom projects as part of their continued efforts to support and strengthen communities through education.
In addition to funding classroom projects, OG&E supports schools in its service area through the efforts of eight community relations coordinators. In 2018, these coordinators presented more than 340 electric safety programs to 11,000 fourth grade students and spent numerous hours supporting public schools activities such as Junior Achievement, Partners In Education, fundraisers and other volunteer activities.