Three Luminant Scholar Program environmental essays from Glen Rose, Mt. Pleasant and Paris were selected as grand prize winners out of nearly 12,000 submissions across 40 Texas school districts. Glen Rose Intermediate School in Glen Rose, P.E. Wallace Middle School in Mt. Pleasant and Aikin Elementary School in Paris will receive $5,000 Luminant grants for their students' creativity and commitment to environmental stewardship.
As part of the 2009 Luminant Scholar Program, fifth-grade students across Texas wrote one-page essays capturing the theme, “How can I help protect the environment?” One winning student from each of the 40 participating school districts was awarded a $1,000 United States Savings Bond, making their school eligible to win the grand prize.
“This year, the Luminant Scholar Program reached twice as many students as it did in 2008, spreading an important message of protecting our natural resources,” said Robert Gentry, Luminant Scholar Director. “We've been inspired by the creative ideas and enthusiasm our students have shown, and it's our hope they will continue making positive changes in their communities.”
The 2009 Luminant Scholar Program awarded a total of $55,000 in scholarships and grants. Each winning student was recognized at their school's ceremony, which included the participation of teachers, parents, school administrators and elected officials.
Award ceremonies for the three grand prize winning schools will be held in early 2010.
Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, construction and development operations. Luminant has more than 16,100 megawatts of existing generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 5,800 MW fueled by coal. Luminant is constructing an additional 2,200 MW of coal-fueled generation capacity, which is expected to begin commercial operation in 2009 and 2010. The company is also the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com or www.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.