Recipients of grants from Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation

(Cumming, Georgia, September 16, 2019) – Operation Round Up donations target community and classroom needs. The Foundation Board awarded several significant donations to local charitable organizations. They are:

1.      Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia – will use their grant to purchase heating, ventilations and AC for a new home in North Forsyth.

2.      Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc. – will use their grant to update the kitchen and laundry areas.

3.      Lekotek of Georgia, Inc. – will use their grant to purchase customized toys to meet the standards of their clients.

4.      Mentor Me North Georgia, Inc. – will use their grant to purchase educational tools for students in K-5 that are going through the program.

5.      For Her Glory / Glory, Hope & Life, Inc. – Will use their grant to purchase wigs, compression garments and Ensure for cancer patients.

6.      Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, Inc. – the funds will be used to assist with the completion of the first phase of installation to the “ Walls That Heals” located in Johns Creek to honor our Vietnam Veterans.

7.      No Longer Bound, Inc. – Funds will be used to purchase four (4) new computers for the NLB studios.

The Foundation Board also awarded several significant donations to local schools in classroom grants. They are:

1.       Whitlow Elementary  - Whitlow had seven (7) teachers to win a grant for classroom projects. The projects are:

a.      “S.T.E.A.M”, Music and Art Collide”

b.      “ All the Places We Will Go STEM”

c.           “Garden Heroes”

d.      “Animal Toobs for Kinders Supporting ARC Reading”

e.          “STEM and Harry Potter”

f.           “Take Our Learning Outside”

g.       “STEM in Sports”


2.       Chestatee Elementary – “Growing the Love of Reading”

3.       Denmark High School – “Electrathon Vehicle (E-Car”

4.       West Forsyth High School – “Promotion of Hands-On Inquiry Experience for Motion concepts Using Smart Technology”

5.       North Forsyth Middle School – “Going Off Script: Integration of Social Emotional Learning into Classroom Instruction and Activities”


                6.       Forsyth Central High School – “Forsyth Central Telescopes”


                7.       Mashburn Elementary teachers won 3 grants:


                      a.      “Fab Lab”

b.      “MakerSpace Magic”

c.          “Fab Lab with Ozobots”

8.       Cumming Elementary teachers won 2 grants:

a.      “Dual Language Immersion”

b.      “Kindergarten Math and Science”

Interested applicants are required to submit an application to the Foundation Board for consideration. In order to qualify for a grant, the 501 (c) charity must be located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide a service to the community.  Teachers can also apply for funds through the Bright Ideas program, which is part of Operation Round Up.  A public or private school teacher is eligible to apply for funding as long as the school he or she teaches at is within the Sawnee EMC service area.

These programs are made possible by the 18,000 plus members of Sawnee EMC choosing each month to round their electric bill up to the next highest dollar.  This “extra change” goes directly into the Foundation and is gifted back into the communities Sawnee EMC serves. The average donation a member makes annually is $6…pennies a month. These small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $2.9 Million back into the communities since inception in 2003.

For more information about the Operation Round Up program, please call Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs at 678-455-1399 or email


About Sawnee EMC  

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 180,981 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $720 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of $355 million. With a team of approximately 330 dedicated professionals and over 11,373 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



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