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Alexander Wins APSO Award

16 March 2005 Kathleen Alexander was among 15 first-year teachers from across Alabama who were awarded one of this year's New Teacher Grants, sponsored by the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO). Ms. Alexander is currently teaching at Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden and received her education degree from Jacksonville State University.

The winning public school teachers are all graduates of state-approved teacher programs located at Alabama's public four-year colleges and universities. The winners will each receive a $1,000 grant, which they can use to purchase materials and supplies for their classrooms.

"These new teachers represent some of the best of a new generation of public educators in Alabama," said Steve Spencer, Alabama Power executive vice president. "The grants will help provide these teachers with the resources they need to do even more for our children and for the education system in Alabama."

The Alabama Power Service Organization has been awarding grants to new teachers since 1995. Candidates for the grants are submitted by the state's public teacher colleges. A committee that includes education school deans selects the winners.

Supporting education is one of the priorities of Alabama Power. In recent years, Alabama Power has worked closely with educators to help children and teachers in the classroom through a variety of initiatives and programs. The Alabama Power Foundation also supports education by providing grants to teachers, colleges and universities, and other educational institutions.

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