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discoveryPalmetto Electric Cooperative Partners with Discovery CHANNEL School to Help Middle School Students “Get Charged!” About Electricity

Middle schools in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties have been selected to take part in a new educational initiative sponsored by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives®, in partnership with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Discovery Channel School, provider of educational materials to schools nationwide.

The Get Charged! program – which provides basic information about electricity, how it works and how to use it – was administered through Palmetto Electric Cooperative, part of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

Middle school students throughout the area have access to the program, which provides a variety of educational tools – including videos, CD-ROMs, a Teachers Resource Guide, student activity books and other collateral materials – all at no charge – to augment the existing curriculum.

In support of its ongoing commitment to community service, Palmetto Electric Cooperative launched the Get Charged! program to give students a real-world understanding of power, the purpose of electricity, and the important role electric cooperatives play in delivering the “juice” that runs their everyday lives.

“We are delighted to provide these materials to schools throughout our service area said G. Thomas Upshaw, CEO, of Palmetto Electric Cooperative. “This program is the latest in our ongoing school safety initiatives that we have provided for many years.”

Since 1940, Palmetto Electric has provided energy services to The Lowcountry of South Carolina. Currently, Palmetto Electric serves 56,000 consumers in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. In addition to the Get Charged! program, Palmetto Electric Cooperative also sponsors other school programs, including electrical safety demonstrations.

Discovery Channel School products have been developed by the world’s most respected brand for television quality and recognized by leading educational groups for their excellence. Drawing on Discovery’s award-winning programming for much of its content, the curriculum and materials used in the Get Charged! program were developed specifically by Discovery Channel School for classroom use and comply with National Science Education Standards. The Get Charged! program represents a first-time partnership for Discovery with a non-educational entity to provide content directly to schools.

“Lots of kids are still in the dark about electricity,” said Paul Thomas, vice president, Discovery Education. “We’re delighted to partner with the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to help get kids energized about power.”

About Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 600 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 44 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 16 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities.

About Discovery Channel School

Discovery Channel School provides teachers a growing line of educational video, print, and multi-media resources spanning the curriculum. Drawing much of its content from Discovery programming, the product line includes over 600 videos, CD-ROMs and print resources tailor-made for use in today’s classrooms., a top-10 traveled education Web site, offers free resources for teachers, students and parents. Discovery Channel School products reach 1.5 million teachers and benefit 35 million students each year.