Supporting education and fostering community development are among the seven cooperative principles Okefenoke REMC was built upon 80 years ago. OREMC’s recent $2,000 donation to the Baker County Education Foundation demonstrates that mission in action as the cooperative continues to serve the rural residents of northeast Florida and southeast
“Donations such as this are made possible to qualifying organizations using funds from unclaimed capital credits,” explains OREMC Member Service Representative Dewayne Johns. “By investing in our young people today, we are helping to cultivate ongoing community development for the future.”
Accepting the donation were Sherrie Raulerson, superintendent, Baker County School District, and Robin Mobley, executive director of the Baker County Education Foundation and associate superintendent.
Mobley said the funds from OREMC would be used to award teachers mini grants during the 2019/2020 school year supporting STEM and reading projects. “These mini grants for teachers enable them to develop activities for the students that go beyond the text book that are engaging and motivating,” she noted.
Raulerson agreed, adding, “The mini grants aid in providing educational activities that are above and beyond the regular budget. And hundreds of students benefit from the additional instructional activities, not just one classroom, as our teachers work together to share resources. It is very exciting to receive a grant from OREMC to help fund more of these opportunities.”