SHREVEPORT, La., May 19, 2017 - The AEP Teacher Vision Grant program was launched in 2003 to provide aid ranging from $100 to $500 to classroom teachers. “These grants are designed to reward the talents and creativity of Pre-K through grade 12 educators devoted to motivating youth to think creatively, to step into leadership roles and to address the challenges of the future,” said Jeff Milford, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Fayetteville.

SWEPCO is presenting 15 teacher grants totaling $7,500 across its three-state service area this month.

Five recipients of $500 grants in Northwest Arkansas are:

· Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington – three grants for computer equipment for 4th grade computer coding, 4th and 5th grade special education computer access, and 4th grade literacy through engagement with technology.

· Hartford Elementary School for 2nd grade Engineering Is Elementary program

· Hartford High School for tools for electrical success program

Educators who live or teach in the SWEPCO service area or in communities with major AEP facilities are eligible to apply for the mini-grants. Priority is given to educators who have attended AEP Workshops for Educators, National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project training or who are affiliated with an AEP school-business partnership. Projects that have an academic focus and a goal of improving student achievement are eligible for consideration. SWEPCO has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety and the balanced study of energy and the environment.

For more information on the AEP Teacher Vision Grant program and other AEP education initiatives, see

SWEPCO serves 530,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.