The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded J.B. Pennington High School one of 35 Power to Play grants in the amount of $2,500. The grants, which are designed to support arts and athletic programs at high schools and middle schools across Alabama, help increase students’ extracurricular participation.
Alabama Power Foundation president Myla Calhoun said, “This program is unique because it reaches a diverse range of students by allowing schools to continue to offer programs in both athletics and the arts. It’s imperative for us to invest in students in ways that represent the breadth of their interests. Investing in Alabama’s students is one of the most important steps we can take toward building a better Alabama.”
Higher standardized test scores, improved graduation and attendance rates, and fewer disciplinary infractions have been linked to involvement in arts and music courses.
All recipients of the grants are public high schools or middle schools with 50 percent or more of their students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches. Since its inception in 2014, there have been more than 130 grants awarded across Alabama.
Alabama Power Company spokesperson Jacki Lowry said, “We are proud to support J.B. Pennington High School’s soccer team through the Power to Play grant program. By participating in arts and athletic programs, students gain valuable skills to help them prepare for future success.”
For more information about Power to Play and the foundation’s other grant programs and initiatives, please visit www.powerofgood.com.