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Hilton Head fourth grader named local winner of 2021 Children’s Book Challenge

Hunter Nguyen (right) and his teacher, Jennifer Friend-Kerr
(left), celebrating his winning book.

UNKNOWN NUCLEAR ENERGY, by Hunter Nguyen, was selected as Palmetto Electric’s local winner of the 2020/2021 Children’s Book Challenge, sponsored by EnlightenSC, an educational initiative of South Carolina’s electric cooperatives. The competition challenges fourth and fifth grade students to write and illustrate stories that focus on sustainability and the impact of electricity.

Nguyen, a fourth grader at Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts, was presented a certificate and a $50 gift card by Missy Santorum, public relations manager for Palmetto Electric Cooperative, on Friday, March 26. Nguyen was joined by his teacher, Jennifer Friend-Kerr, to celebrate his achievement.  “We at Palmetto Electric applaud all of our entries in this year’s Children’s Book Challenge. We are especially proud of Hunter, our local winner. His book gave a creative connection of content to energy and included illustrations that helped showcase his unique story,” says Santorum.

Nguyen’s book was entered into a statewide competition for a chance to win $500 and have his book published and distributed to elementary schools throughout the state.

Thank a lineworker on April 12

IF YOU were asked to associate an image or a person with Palmetto Electric Cooperative, I bet you would picture a lineworker. Perhaps the most visible employees of the co-op, lineworkers work tirelessly to ensure our community receives safe, reliable power. PEC linemen, Bradley Brown and Jason Davis work to restore power in Louisiana, followingContinue Reading

Join the movement to save, you could win $500

PEC member, David Halpert, was the local winner of a $100 gift card in the fall Beat the Peak contest. THE MOVEMENT IS GROWING and it’s helping to keep power costs from doing the same. More than 50,000 electric cooperative members across South Carolina have signed up to receive phone, email or text notifications thatContinue Reading

Go green, save green

Spring is right around the corner. With the start of a new season comes a fresh opportunity to find ways to save energy, money and prepare for a sustainable future. One quick and easy way to start saving is by signing up for Beat the Peak alerts. When you sign up, you will be notifiedContinue Reading

Save the Date for the 2021 Annual Meeting

With the health and safety of our members and employees in mind, Palmetto Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting will again be drive-thru only. MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE to register and vote April 29-May 1. Here’s what you need to know: Drive-thru voting and registration will be available Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30 from 7 a.m.Continue Reading

Shop with the Co-op

Typically, in December, South Carolina’s electric cooperatives sponsor the Touchstone Energy Bowl – an all star high school football game played in Myrtle Beach. During bowl week, football players have the opportunity to go shopping with children in Horry County. With the cancellation of this year’s Touchstone Energy Bowl Game, the cooperatives decided to takeContinue Reading

Let’s Connect

Let’s Connect WHEN WE SAY that we live in a “connected” world, most of us think about technology, like our smart phones and other devices. But when you’re a member of an electric co-op, there’s so much more to being part of our connected co-op community. As a member of Palmetto Electric Cooperative, you helpContinue Reading

Scholarships and Educational Opportunities Now Available

Virtual Youth Experience returns in 2021 THE VIRTUAL YOUTH EXPERIENCE will take place June 21-25, in place of the COVID-cancelled Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit. Six high school sophomores or juniors will be selected and sponsored by Palmetto Electric Cooperative. Students will have the opportunity to discuss today’s issues with state and federalContinue Reading

Celebrating commitment to community

I THINK WE can all agree that this year’s Annual Meeting was far from normal. While I certainly missed the opportunity to visit with all of you, I want to sincerely thank the 4,639 members who made the drive-thru registration and voting a success. Drive-thru registration and voting was held Oct. 8-10 at our RidgelandContinue Reading

Co-op awards 50 teachers $44,875 in Bright Ideas grants

2020 has been filled with challenges and change for all of us, especially our local teachers.  Whether teaching virtually or in-person, teachers have been forced to get creative with how they reach their students, and they need our support now, more than ever! Recognizing innovation in creative classroom projects is the focus of Palmetto Electric’sContinue Reading