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School may be wrapping up for the year, but teachers can still plan ahead for next year's class, because First Choice Power is accepting online applications through Oct. 15 for their Classroom Energy Innovation Grants. The grants recognize teachers across Texas that integrate innovative projects aimed at energy and energy-efficiency in the classroom. "Texas Teachers serve as a catalyst for impacting the decisions of future generations," said Brian Hayduk, president of First Choice Power. "Energy-efficiency is essential for students to learn. These grants enable teachers to come up with creative ways to showcase how being friendly to the environment is fun."

Previous recipients have used grant funds: to buy solar beads to teach Kaufman kindergartners about solar energy and the importance of sunscreen; to purchase energy-efficient cooking appliances for Richmond special needs life skills class; and to determine if cyanobacteria can be used in biofuel by Houston high schoolers. "Energy efficiency is something that kindergartners on up to graduating seniors can get excited about, so all teachers can really rally behind this unique approach to energy education," added Hayduk.

Application Guidelines:

· Applications must be submitted online by the Oct. 15 deadline to be considered for grants.

· Teachers at public or private, nonprofit pre-K through 12 schools located in communities served by First Choice Power are eligible to apply for the grants.

· The application must include a project description, objectives, budget and evaluation.

For more information on applying for a First Choice Power Classroom Energy Innovation Grant, and to view examples of past winners, visit www.FirstChoicePower.com/innovation.

First Choice Power provides Reduce Your Use energy-saving tips to help Texans stay cool - and save energy. Visit www.FirstChoicePower.com/tips for no- and low-cost ways to save energy in every room and appliance this summer.

About First Choice Power

First Choice Power lives by the mantra of "you first," which is seen through nonprofit and school support, competitive pricing and friendly customer care. A subsidiary of PNM Resources, First Choice Power strives to make each customer-based initiative a priority. We're committed to providing electricity with great customer service, rewarding loyalty with special offers and giving back to our Texas communities. Learn more at www.FirstChoicePower.com.

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