GCMS Learning Environment Grant

energy grant

Graves County Middle School is excited to announce they have won a $100,000 Learning Environment grant through Tennessee Valley Authority’s School Uplift program.  

School Uplift is a 12-month behavior-based energy management training program that helps public school districts make smart energy choices that improve the classroom learning environment and save money through decreased energy use.  School Uplift provides competitive grant opportunities for schools that complete the program.

As one of eleven schools in the nation, and the only school in Kentucky receiving the $100,000 grant, Jonathan Miller Principal of Graves County Middle School is thrilled with the news.  

“School Uplift is another great example of how TVA and West Kentucky Rural Electric work to enrich our community,” said Jonathan Miller.  “We are so excited to have earned this grant, which we will invest in needed upgrades that will improve our facility and make Graves County Middle School more efficient, healthy, and comfortable. I would like to personally thank all the members of our GCMS Energy Team (Students: Jack Paul, Cole Woodward, Landon Stephens, and Emilie Williams; Employees: Mrs. Hays, Mr. Janes, and Mr. Gregory) for helping us gain this achievement and recognition.”

Sixty schools have completed the School Uplift pilot over the past two years, competing to earn grants for building upgrades and other learning environment improvements. On average, participating schools have saved more than 10% on their annual energy bills from behavior changes alone.

“Every dollar invested in our schools helps districts allocate resources to where it matters most – educating our children – and we’re excited to bring School Uplift to the communities we serve,” said Cindy Herron, vice president of TVA EnergyRight. “Helping schools save money on their energy costs and improve learning environments is an important investment in the Valley’s future. I look forward to seeing how this program makes an impact for years to come.”

Pictures captured from the GCMS Energy Awareness "Green Out Day and Night" event earlier this academic year.


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