Mountain Parks Electric donates $225,000 to local schools

In response to a community need, Tri-State member co-op Mountain Parks Electric‘s (Granby, Colo.) board of directors recently made financial contributions to all three school districts within its service territory. At its meeting earlier this month, MPEI’s board heard first-hand from East Grand School District, West Grand School District and North Park School District superintendents about their budgetary hardships. MPEI’s board responded by donating $75,000 from its Educational Trust Fund to each district.

Over the past two years, reading, writing and language programs — the areas of greatest need — have been adversely affected by budget cuts. MPEI’s donation will allow the school districts to purchase iPads, Smart Boards, Kindle eReaders, Smart Tables, Netbooks and software for health and physical education. It will also allow them to retain reading, writing and language specialists.

The MPEI Educational Trust Fund is funded by unclaimed patronage capital. Historically, the Educational Trust Fund has funded teacher/classroom science, music and art projects and the driver education program in local high schools.

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