CUMMING -- The Sawnee Electric Membership Cooperation Foundation recently awarded nearly $28,000 to local charities and teachers through donations and classroom grants as part of its Operation Round Up program.
Among the charitable groups receiving funding were Forsyth County Family Haven and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Forsyth County.
Other groups included: St. Vincent de Paul Society/St. Michael Conference in Hall County; Stand Up for Kids in north Fulton; Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County; Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation Inc.; and MUST Ministries of Cherokee County.
Bright Ideas Grants, which are awarded to teachers for various classroom programs, went to Angie Mitchell of Johns Creek Elementary and Jennifer Rau of Liberty Middle in Forsyth County.
Other awards went to elementary school teachers Tasha Hamil of Black’s Mill, Tammie Rice of Holly Springs and Katie Malcolm of Indian Knoll.
The grants are made possible by the more than 20,000 Sawnee members who choose to round up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar.
The extra amount goes to the foundation, which awards it back to the seven counties served by the utility.