Indiana Michigan Power employees to visit local schools

With local schools in the heart of the school year, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is collaborating with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) to help educate students in Indiana and Michigan about electricity.

A number of I&M employees, including line mechanics, safety professionals, energy efficiency experts, community affairs managers and office personnel, are again volunteering in schools across I&M’s service territory to give a specialized and interactive classroom presentation to students in grades 2- 5.

The students will learn what energy is, how electricity is created, how to conserve electricity and, most importantly, how to stay safe around electricity.

“When you see the excitement on the faces of the kids when they are learning and having fun, that’s what makes going into these classrooms so rewarding,” said Brian Bergsma, Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs. “Supporting the future of our communities by working with teachers and administrators to promote education and safety to kids is just one of the many ways why the people of I&M are so special.”

Last spring, I&M employees visited 80 classrooms, engaged with more than 5,000 students and worked with 230 teachers.

“NTC is proud to partner with I&M and their employees in this program. Live, in-school presentations are a great way to educate,” said Ward Eames, NTC Founder and President. “The educational speaker goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are interacting with a real industry professional. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and engage with the presenter. It really sticks with them.”

I&M and NTC is reaching out to local schools across I&M’s service territory with instructions on how teachers can enroll their classrooms for a scheduled visit.

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