Pee Dee Electric Celebrates “Project Hatch”

Local education leaders joined Pee Dee Electric employees, a board representative and students at Ansonville Elementary last week for Project Hatch, an inspiring celebration of community support in local education. The project was the culmination of months of close collaboration between Pee Dee Electric and science teacher Justin Jones, who spent last summer learning the cooperative’s mission and operations as a Kenan Fellow.

Jones applied his experience with Pee Dee to build a solar-powered incubator, funded by a Bright Ideas grant from the cooperative, with his fourth- and fifth-grade classes. Students placed numbered eggs inside the incubator, learning about life cycles as well as electricity.

Though the eggs didn’t hatch, the students were proud to explain the project to the crowd, which included Anson County Superintendent Michael Freeman and Board of Education member Mike Turner, and express their thanks to Pee Dee. Ashley Haynes, communications specialist at Pee Dee Electric, congratulated the students on their accomplishments.

“You have our support now, and always. We are so proud of you, and we are excited for all that you will accomplish in the future,” Haynes said.

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership bridges the classroom with industry, helping teachers see Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts at work in the real world.

Jones is the fourth educator to participate in a cooperative-led Kenan Fellowship. For more information about getting involved with the Kenan Fellows Program, contact Lindsey Listrom, Communications and Media Relations Manager for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.

Chris Williams, Pee Dee Electric engineering supervisor, with chicks on hand for the occasion.