|[December 30, 2013]
First Wind Continues Community Outreach Program through DonorsChoose.org to Provide Assistance to Classroom Teachers
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, today
announced that it has once again partnered with teachers in local
classrooms in the company's host communities to make contributions
toward local education projects. In May 2012, First Wind began a
strategic partnership with DonorsChoose.org in order to enhance the
value of the company's financial contributions in host communities.
After a successful partnership during its first year, First Wind
extended the relationship in 2013 and increased its funding to $15,000.
First Wind supports teachers and their innovative classroom projects in
its host communities. In its second full year, First Wind funded 43
projects at 31 schools, which reached and positively touched nearly
2,600 students. For example, First Wind donated funds toward a project
to supply graphing calculators for a pre-calculus classroom in Mars
Hill, Maine, which is near the Mars Hill project. First Wind also
donated funds to a classroom in Cedar City, Utah, which is near the
Milford Wind projects, to help the classroom purchase books to implement
the S.T.E.A.M. program (Science & Technology interpreted through
Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements).
"As we continue to grow, First Wind is committed to being an active
community member and we want to help support innovative and exciting
educational projects in our host communities," said Carol Grant, Senior
Vice President of External Affairs at First Wind. "This program starts
with the good idea of a teacher in one of our communities. Our
contribution is to support that idea and help bring it to life. We're
glad to ave a small part in helping these inspiring teachers and their
First Wind has donated to classrooms in or near many of the communities
where it has projects, including Sheffield and Lyndonville, Vermont;
Danforth, Maine; Beaver, Utah; Boston, Massachusetts; Kahuku, Hawaii;
Tekoa, Washington; and other communities.
Some additional examples of supported projects include:
A donation to be used to purchase a document projector to assist in
teaching students in their fourth grade math class at Kahuku
Elementary School in Kahuku, Hawaii.
A donation to Pine Street Elementary School in Presque Isle, Maine to
help provide basic classroom supplies to pre-kindergarten children.
At Lyndon Town Elementary School in Lyndonville, Vermont, First Wind
funded a project request for inquiry based kits and materials to
conduct experiments to learn about renewable and non-renewable sources
At Sunnyside Elementary School in Pullman, Washington, a teacher
sought to help his students explore a hidden world with their own
eyes. First Wind's contribution helped buy microscopes for a fifth
grade science class.
At Beaver High School in Beaver, Utah, a teacher requested funding to
build a take-home library to aid her students in developing reading
skills. First Wind's contribution helped purchase 99 books of varying
"Thank you so much for your donation. Our school has limited funding,
especially for anything in addition to what is required. Your donation
makes it possible for the students in my classroom to experience their
learning hands-on. This allows students to deepen their knowledge and
understanding of the curriculum. Once again, thank you so much for your
support of our school and the vision to create a better future
generation," said Mrs. Heidi Thomas of Milford Elementary School in
Milford, Utah who wrote the response on the First Wind DonorsChoose
Visit First Wind's DonorsChoose.org page at http://www.donorschoose.org/firstwind.
About First Wind
First Wind develops, finances, builds and operates utility-scale
renewable energy projects throughout the United States. Based in Boston,
First Wind currently operates wind power facilities in the Northeast,
the West and Hawaii, with combined capacity of more than 1,000 megawatts
(MW) - enough to power about 300,000 U.S. homes each year. For more
information on First Wind, please visit www.firstwind.com
or follow us on Twitter (News - Alert) @FirstWind.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it
easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from
every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly
to the ones that inspire them. To date, 172,000 public and charter
school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $118 million in
books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students
need to learn. Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro
to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org
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