Tri-State has a longstanding reputation and strong commitment in its support of youth education programs aimed at empowering the leaders of tomorrow, as well as telling our story of the value that consumer-owned power brings to farms, ranches, businesses and communities served by the association’s 44 member systems.
Many of the association’s youth education programs are spearheaded by Gigi Dennis, senior manager of external affairs.
One such program series that has proved to be very successful is conducted through Tri-State’s alliance with the non-profit Agriculture in the Classroom organizations. They help help roll out free classroom readers and teacher study guide materials, as well as fun and educational Web site content for elementary school students living in communities in all four states of the Tri-State member service territory.
The most recent classroom reader, produced with Tri-State’s support by the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture on the topic of hydropower, appeared in the Denver Post on March 18.
The 4-page “Colorado Kids” reader provides an easy-to-understand primer on how falling water produces electricity, a history of hydropower, an “Understanding Energy” vocabulary, a simplified graphic of how a hydroelectric power plant works and a wrap-up of all the different kinds of energy resources that the utility relies upon to bring power to homes, farms and businesses in the West.
Tri-State also reaches out to teachers in some of those same schools within the Tri-State region, each summer by hosting an annual free teachers’ energy conference at headquarters. For this conference Tri-State brings in an instructor from the National Energy Education Development (NEED) organization as well as enlisting guest speakers from Tri-State to present various topics on the electric industry.
The three-day NEED conference is aimed at encouraging school teachers to make energy a larger part of their student’s curriculum. Last June approximately 35 teachers attended the conference.