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

On Oct. 12, Rumi Nielson-Green, manager of Communications and Community Affairs for CHELCO, presented a check representing the $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.”

Teachers awarded CHELCO grants through a competitive application process for the 2017-2018 school year are as follows.

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