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The Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation Foundation recently awarded more than $10,000 to several nonprofits in Forsyth County.
Each quarter, Sawnee presents grants to groups through its Operation Round Up program.
In the program, members “round up” their monthly power bills with the excess change going to various charitable causes including the grants and scholarships.
Organizations serving Forsyth that received funding for the third quarter of 2012 included: The Place of Forsyth County; Lekotek of Georgia, which serves parts of north Forsyth; Act Together Ministries, which recently opened a local food pantry; and Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, which serves some Forsyth residents.
The foundation also awarded six Forsyth teachers with Bright Ideas grants, which are used to fund various classroom projects.
Teachers receiving the grants were: Lisa McMenamin, Coal Mountain Elementary; Tracy Robar, Little Mill Middle; Christine Hallerman, Matt Elementary; Cindy Slappy, Sharon Elementary; and Dana Hart, Karolyn Fields, Stephanie Harbin, Linda Duckworth, Eva Bumgardner and Jocelyn Crist, all of Whitlow Elementary.
Nearly $40,000 in nonprofit and Bright Ideas grant funding was given in third quarter throughout Sawnee EMC’s seven-county service area.
Since it began in 2003, Operation Round Up has provided more than $1 million to communities served by Sawnee EMC.