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PAGE 2 | AUGUST 2011 Students Reap Rewards (continued from page 1) The cooperative continually reviews its support of the

schools and youth it serves and evolves its programs to best meet their needs. For the 2011-2012 school year, the cooperative has made some

changes to its grant process and weather tools. Administrators will receive full details on the school grants once the school year is under way. The cooperative has discontinued the weather tools it provided to schools at no cost due to low usage. These tools were called called Co-op Cast and Principle 7. So, if you have Coop Cast installed on your computer, you may wish to remove it. Many programs will continue as usual this school year.

Community leaders, parents, teachers and students are encouraged to nominate outstanding high school students for the Electrifying Student of the Month award. Recipients are selected by an independent third party from another cooperative. Selected students receive a $100 Visa gift card, a certificate and recognition in area newspapers and the cooperative’s newsletter. The nomination form is online at and anyone can submit the form.

Trenton Chiddix of Yarbrough School went to the 2011 Energy Camp near Hinton, Okla. In the photo at left, he is climbing a utility pole at the camp.

“In my opinion, the most exciting part of the trip was the time we got to swim and have fun at Celebration Station,” said Chiddix. “Other highlights were meeting new people and also finding out new things I did not know.”

While at the camp, Chiddix attended sessions on energy, electrical safety and rural electric careers. He joined with other campers to form a Coke & Candy Cooperative.

In his thank you note to the cooperative following his trip, Chiddix said, “Thank you for all the support. I really am grateful to be able to go to this camp. It was a great experience at Canyon Camp.”

Programs students in the cooperative’s service territory can take advantage of include: n Electrifying Student of the Month - Anyone can nominate outstanding high school students who go above and beyond in their community for the Electrifying Student award. Selected recipients receive a $100 Visa gift card, a certificate and recognition in area newspapers and the cooperative’s newsletter.

n Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour - An all- expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. granted to three high school juniors in the spring. Students learn about government, rural electrification, leadership and electric cooperatives on this week-long trip of a lifetime.

The three 2011 Youth Tour winners were, from left: Allison Alvarado of Adams, Okla., Sean Abbott of Texhoma, Okla., and Agatha Loewen of Keyes, Okla. Upon their return, the winners had this to say:

“The Holocaust Museum was heartbreaking,” said Alvarado.

“The most exciting part of the trip was meeting new people and learning more about how our country operates,” said Abbott. “I now have a deeper respect for our armed forces.”

“Meeting other people from all over the state and being able to see our nation’s capital were the best parts of the trip for me,” said Loewen. “It was truly an honor.”

Educators can take advantage of the following programs: n Classroom Kits - The cooperative offers Get Charged! and CFL Charlie educational kits for grade schools.

n YouthPower Energy Camp - An all-expense-paid camping trip to beautiful Camp Canyon near Hinton, Okla. awarded to two eighth grade students in the spring. At this leadership development camp, students learn about rural electrification while also having fun swimming, hiking and playing volleyball.

n Scholarships - Graduating seniors are eligible to apply for two different scholarship programs.

n Touchstone Energy Kids Zone - A cool place where kids can learn about electricity, energy savings and safety.

Anyone with ideas on ways the cooperative can help

n Presentations and Demonstrations - Cooperative experts will present safety presentations and other electrical demonstrations upon request.

n Plugged-In Newsletter - A free monthly e-newsletter for educators to stay abreast of Tri-County Electric’s educational opportunities.

schools and youth in its community may contact the cooperative by calling 800-522-3315 or sending an email to We are always open to consider suggestions and welcome input from our members. To learn more about any of these programs, visit the cooperative’s website at

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