Whites Creek High School’s Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability and Logistics opened its new solar farm April 11, a student-led solar panel project which started in 2015. The project was made possible through grant awards from Ford Motor Company ($20,000) and Piedmont Gas ($10,000), and a donation of 40 solar panels by The Solar Foundation.
Through the support of business partner, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the implementation of the solar farm will power machinery in the school’s boiler room saving the district approximately $1,900 per year, according to James Carney, president of Southern Alliance.
Vickie Everson will never forget working at an internship in Atlanta shadowing a social worker. At one of their visits, she saw a baby lying in a crib. The child was just like others in the room – the only difference – the child was unable to vocalize due to a disability.
Everson shelfed her desire to become a social worker and decided to work with children with special needs as an exceptional education teacher. In this role, she is able to help children who need extra support. The student breakthroughs are among the most rewarding parts of her job.
“I enjoy working with these kids, learning their personalities and especially seeing the light go off when they finally understand something,” Everson said. “I want them to have success when all their lives they’ve worked extra hard to learn.”
Erianna Thomas credits her brother for introducing her to the game of basketball. Thomas and her family would attend his games and she would watch him dominate his opponents on the court. After one particular game, as Thomas was waiting for her brother, she picked up a basketball and began shooting it around. This became a regular practice for Thomas after each of her brother’s basketball games until she began to get better.