Picture of Chelco Grant Award

CHELCO Funds Grants for Local STEM Teachers

CHELCO presented funds to the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) this month for teachers’ grants which will be used to enrich science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) topics taught to public school children.

On October 12th, Rumi Nielson-Green, Manager of Communications and Community Affairs for CHELCO, presented a check representing a $12,000 investment in the Teacher Grant Program.  The contribution from CHELCO has been matched, dollar-for-dollar, through a matching grant program of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations administered by OPSF.

Accepting the contribution on behalf of OPSF and the Okaloosa County School District, Assistant Superintendent Steve Horton expressed appreciation for the continuing support from CHELCO.  “With these funds, our teachers are provided with an opportunity to enhance instruction for their students and equip their classrooms with materials that support that instruction.  We are proud to continue our partnership with CHELCO.”

CHELCO is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 50,000 accounts in Walton, Okaloosa, Holmes and Santa Rosa counties.

Teachers awarded CHELCO grants through a competitive application process for the 2017-2018 school year were:

Bluewater Elementary:

  • Marissa Agrell
  • Barry Blackburn
  • Lauren Brown
  • Claire Erk
  • Becky Miller
  • Katherine Stephens

Davidson Middle School:

  • Shannon Anderson
  • Tim Sexton

Baker School:

  • Sarah Gilbert

Laurel Hill:

  • Delilah Lewis

CHELCO teacher grant recipients from Bluewater Elementary School accepted the donation on behalf of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation and the Okaloosa County School District.  Pictured above from left to right: Katherine Stephens; Marissa Agrell;  Bluewater Principal Amy Klugh; Barry Blackburn; Rumi Nielson-Green, Manager of Communications and Community Affairs for CHELCO, Okaloosa County School District Assistant Superintendent Steve Horton; Claire Erk, Becky Miller; and, Lauren Brown.


About Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (OPSF) is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation. It is a partnership between families, schools, community and business. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County. Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards.