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March Newsletter  


Bright Ideas Grants

Since , the Carroll EMC Foundation has awarded Bright Ideas grants to local, public schoolteachers of grades pre-K – These grants, of up to $1,, provide teachers with the funds for innovative and educational classroom projects.

For , 84 grants were awarded, totaling $65, These grants will help 84 teachers in 31 schools and will enhance the learning of hundreds of children in Carroll EMC’s seven-county service area. “With the materials I have purchased over the years from Bright Ideas grants, my children enjoy, grow and are challenged in the classroom,” says Mary Miller, Carrollton Upper Elementary School science teacher and past Bright Ideas grant recipient. “When my idea is presented on paper, I dream and hope I am awarded the grant, but when I actually see my idea used in the classroom, it is magical.” Bright Ideas grants are funded through the generous donations of Carroll EMC Members who participate in the Operation Round Up® program. Members who participate elect to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar. The program is overseen by Carroll EMC Foundation “With the trustees and funds a variety of community materials I have service projects, purchased over the including Bright Ideas, years from Bright student scholarships and many health and human Ideas grants, my services programs.

children enjoy, grow and are challenged in the classroom.”

Mary Miller

Carrollton Upper Elementary School


Applications for will be accepted beginning August 1 and can only be submitted via the cooperative’s website, For more information about Bright Ideas grants, contact Taylor Key at () or taylor.

Central Elementary School teacher Amy Ingram, second from right, was awarded a Bright Ideas grant for the project “Zen Town.” She was one of 84 teachers to receive a Bright Ideas grant.

The Carroll EMC Foundation presented Katie Cole, center, Quest teacher at Glanton-Hindsman Elementary School, with a Bright Ideas grant to fund the purchase of a high-quality microscope that will enhance students’ STEM-based learning.

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Spring Storm Preparedness

The spring months are peak times for thunderstorms and tornadoes to sweep across our area. A cool morning breeze can quickly turn into damaging winds as rising afternoon temperatures increase the chance for dangerous weather conditions. Before these storms hit, make sure your family is prepared to withstand the duration and recover from the aftermath of severe weather. Before the storm: •  Assemble an emergency kit with batteries, flashlights, a first-aid kit and a battery-powered radio or TV. •  Activate contingency plans for patients with a medical necessity for electric power. Have a backup source for medical devices and a plan to evacuate to a facility that is not affected by the power outage. •  Download Carroll EMC’s Outage Pal app, save Carroll EMC’s outage number (, option 1) and enroll in the text system (send “TextEMC” to ) on your phone. •  Follow Carroll EMC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live updates. •  Charge electronic devices and have a portable charger ready to use, if needed.

Pot of Gold Donut Pops


Ingredients •  Donut holes •  Melting chocolate •  Lollipop sticks •  Airhead Extremes •  Gold crystallized sugar


After the storm: •  Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for updated information or instructions.

1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. 2. Line a tray with parchment paper. Line up the donut holes, flat side up on tray. 3. Dip ends of lollipop sticks into chocolate and insert into center of donut pop. Let them set to harden. 4. Cut Airhead Extremes into 1-inch strips. 5. While chocolate is still warm, dip each donut pop into the chocolate and swirl around until fully covered. Shake off excess and place flat side down onto tray. Press down slightly as you set the pop down to create a flat bottom. Repeat with remaining pops. Refrigerate minutes to harden. 6. Hold a donut pop upright and drizzle melted chocolate across the top. Sprinkle with gold sugar. 7. While chocolate is still wet, stick the cut Airhead Extreme into the pop so it looks like a rainbow is shooting over the top.

•  Be aware of hazards, like broken glass or exposed nails, in storm-damaged areas that might risk your safety.

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•  Unplug electronic devices in your home, such as TVs, computers, etc. •  Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a storm away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Consider having everyone wear a helmet for head protection. During the storm: •  Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind. •  If a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued, take shelter immediately. A warning means that severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. •  Avoid all electrical and plumbing equipment. •  Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.

•  Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed power lines. Report all downed power lines immediately by calling Carroll EMC’s Hour Emergency and Member Service line (, option 1) or •  If you lose power, report your outage using Carroll EMC’s outage app, phone line, text service or website. With this expert advice from your local electric cooperative, the American Red Cross and the Electrical Safety Foundation International, you will be wellprepared for any storm that enters our area. Resources: American Red Cross, Electrical Safety Foundation International


Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Placing hot food in the refrigerator makes the appliance work harder than necessary, using more energy. Allow food to cool down before you place it in the fridge. Source:

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Spring Electric Safety

As frigid temperatures melt into crisp mornings and warm afternoons, we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. We welcome this new season by spending time outdoors and enjoying the comfortable weather. Since springtime brings longer days of sunshine and fresh air, the potential for electrical-related injuries and fatalities increases as individuals begin new home and yard projects. However, a focus on electrical safety can help ensure these activities are done with extreme care. The Electrical Safety Foundation International offers some simple safety guidelines that can help prevent electrical fires, accidents and electrocution. •  Never attempt a project that is beyond your skill level. •  Before starting any project, be aware of where the power lines are located. •  Ladders—even those made of wood—that touch a power line can prove fatal. Keep all ladders at least 10 feet from overhead power lines.

•  If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it. The ground around power lines—up to 35 feet away—may be energized. Report all downed lines immediately by calling Carroll EMC’s Hour Emergency and Member Service line (, option 1) or •  Water and electricity do not mix. Avoid damp conditions—including wet grass—when using electricity. •  Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace damaged items. •  Never use power tools near live electrical wires or water pipes. •  When working with electricity, use tools with insulated grips. •  Appropriate personal protective gear and clothing should be worn when using power tools. Invest in the safety goggles, hearing protection, dust masks, gloves and other safety gear as recommended for each tool. •  Unplug tools and appliances when not in use. At Carroll EMC, safety measures are not taken lightly, and the cooperative values an educated workforce and Membership. By being mindful of these professional tips, you can do your part to maintain an informed community. Resources: Electrical Safety Foundation International

Every. Person. Counts.

Starting April 1, the national census will begin. The government is required by the U.S. Constitution to conduct a census every 10 years. Everyone is asked to please participate in the survey. Your results are only used for general statistics. These results help determine each state’s representative count in Congress, boundaries for voting districts and how federal funding is spent in communities every year. This year, you can complete the survey either online, by mail, by phone or via an inperson interview if a census employee comes to your door. Carroll EMC uses census data to evaluate needs for communications and publications in other languages, when necessary. Source:


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Carroll EMC will host a blood drive in the Robert D. Tisinger Community Center:



Tuesday, April 7 10 a.m. â€ 3 p.m.

Ronnie Jordan, Chairman Emmett Harrod, Vice Chairman Nan Philpot, Secretary-Treasurer Donnie Brannon Don DeFoor Alvin Ginn Max Goldin Eddie Gore Lynn Joyner


Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment by calling ()

Impact Grants


Kelly Hester Brittany Shadix

OFFICE HOURS Carrollton Buchanan Franklin (closed Wednesdays) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Villa Rica 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

HOUR OUTAGE LINE To report a power outage, call () , option 1.

Are you a member of an area organization that requires funding for community projects? Carroll EMC awards Impact Grants to charitable causes that seek to improve the quality of life for residents within its seven-county service area. The deadline to submit Impact Grant applications is quickly approaching. Online applications are available through the Carroll EMC website,, and are due no later than March

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