Touchdowns for Teachers brought to you by SRP and the Arizona Cardinals

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As NFL playoffs are underway, it’s a great time to pause and celebrate the success of Touchdowns for Teachers!

This football season, SRP partnered with the Arizona Cardinals for Touchdowns for Teachers. This program rewarded two teachers with $500 grants every time the Arizona Cardinals scored a touchdown.

All smiles after winning, Carlie Ramirez of Chandler Traditional Academy – Liberty Campus poses with her students after accepting her Touchdowns for Teachers grant.

The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their season with a total of 38 touchdowns. This means Arizona teachers were awarded $38,000 total in grants! You can see a list of all the winners here.

This article from ABC15 shares how Skyline High School teacher Anna Miller used her grant to buy a communication device for her non-verbal students.

How SRP supports education beyond Touchdowns for Teachers

SRP supports our teachers as they innovate for the future and create classrooms where everyone can succeed. We do this in different ways. In 2018, SRP gave $1.3 million in grants, non-profit educational donations, workshops, lesson plans and free materials to Arizona schools and teachers.

This money means Arizona teachers will be able to undertake training and summer courses for teachers to further their development, alongside other things.

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Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

It’s important to give our educators the support they need in our rapidly changing world. This includes the challenge of teaching the latest in technology and education standards. Arizona’s students can compete in our global economy because of our hard-working teachers.

At SRP we focus our efforts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This helps prepare students to enter the workforce to become leaders and innovators in whatever field they choose. This might even include a utility like SRP. There are many STEM-focused careers here.

Providing water and power to more than two million residents in the Valley requires STEM and critical thinking skills. Serving customers with reliable water and power takes the work of our engineers, analysts, technology experts and beyond. It really takes a village!

Classroom Connection Learning Grants

SRP offers $200,000 in grants each year to support classroom learning across many subjects. This includes math, science, social studies and more. In 2019, 33 schools were selected for learning grants for STEM projects. One of the winning schools was San Tan Junior High in Chandler, Arizona.

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Western Valley Middle School Robotics

The $5,000 grant allows the school to upgrade its current robotics club robot. The equipment needed to be upgraded so they can participate in the competitive robotics events next year. Beyond the club benefits, there are 200 students enrolled in the robotics classroom each semester who will be using the new equipment to explore robotics.

Another grant winner, Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Ariz., is using $5,000 for students in AP Physics, Conceptual Physics and Environmental Science. These students will design and build a scale-model energy house that uses net-zero energy

Along the way, they will document their design process, test and refine their designs and record the results. Students will also visit builders of net-zero energy homes in the area. This will allow them to gather real-world data for evidence on the energy use of these real homes.

Social Studies Grants

In 2019, eleven schools were selected to receive an SRP grant in social studies. Mesa’s Mountain View High School is using its $2,500 grant to provide students with opportunities to partner with ASU. They will positively impact their community through this partnership.

Throughout the year, students will work with historians, government officials and nonprofit agencies. You can see all 2019 learning grant recipients on our website.

Grant applications are being accepted until Feb. 28. Grant writing tips and instructions on how to apply can all be found on our Classroom Connections webpage.

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SRP Teacher Workshops and Continuing Education

In addition to giving more than $200,000 to classrooms directly, SRP holds more than 25 free teacher workshops throughout the year. Focusing on what we know best — water and power — these classes are year-round and FREE. The training workshops include lesson plans, activities, materials and learning stipends to help teachers engage and inspire their students in water, renewable energy and power topics. View courses and sign up for notifications when new workshops open up each season.

Building a Better Future for Arizona

At SRP, we’re investing in our future workforce by supporting educational programs for students and teachers. With SRP Touchdowns for Teachers, SRP is expanding our reach to help more teachers provide educational experiences that spark a lifetime of learning and curiosity.

Touchdowns for Teachers

Get a head start on next season! Visit srpnet.com/touchdowns to learn more, see official rules and share the contest with the teachers in your life. All season long, SRP will be sharing winners and awarding grants. Follow along at @srpconnect on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.