ETC awards Fannin Teams $32,000 IGNITE Education Grant Program 2016–2017

ETC and the Harrison Foundation presented the 2016-17 IGNITE Education Grants Tuesday evening at Ellijay Elementary School.
The IGNITE Education Grant was established in honor of Mr. Albert E. Harrison to provide funding to students who have a vision. As an engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, Mr. Harrison always gave his best, contributing to his profession and community, enhancing the lives of others, both personally and professionally. In 1994 Georgia Tech honored Mr. Harrison, inducting him into its inaugural Engineering Hall of Fame.
ETC and the Harrison Foundation have been consistent supporters of our local schools for many years. Albert E. Harrison, the foundation’s namesake, purchased ETC in 1958 and quickly grew a small telephone operation into a rural communications company that provides many residential and business services. Mr. Harrison saw the future of the communications industry well before others in the industry and the possibilities that he dreamed became a reality. Today, Mr. Harrison’s legacy lives through his children John Harrison, Doug Harrison and Marianne Harrison Bowman.
EMCEE Del Land said, “The purpose of the IGNITE Education Grant is to energize each school’s efforts to improve their overall academic experience by providing needed funds to help complete student-led projects. The funds provided by this grant will help these visions become reality. These projects must meet the following criteria: 1. Have a lasting impact for your school. 2. Be educational is some way. 3. Create interest in a wide range of students. 4. Be innovative. 5. Be creative.
Finalists in the K-2nd Grade, 3rd- 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, and 9th-12th Grade categories from area schools each received a check for $500. Teams from those schools presented their ideas (with no names or identification) to a group of esteemed judges to determine the winners of the two $5,000 and three $10,000 grants.
Fannin County schools was awarded two $5,000 grants and two $10,000 grants.