Switch Electric Companies, Fund West U Elementary
Education officials are asking parents of West University Elementary students to start using electricity providers that are contributing money to the school as part of a new fundraising program.
The Houston Independent School District partnered with Texas electric companies to create the Power For Schools program. So far the program includes Champion Energy Services, Ambit Energy and Affordable Power, which have promised to offer parents competitive rates while also contributing a portion of their electric bills to the school the parents choose.
“Power For Schools is an alternative to traditional fund raising programs that usually rely on parents and other school supporters to buy products they do not want,” according to a statement. “Instead, Power For Schools offers school supporters something they need and use every day, electricity.”
The statement said a school with about 700 students could raise $28,000 per year if every parent signed up.
Anyone interested must visit www.powerforschools.org to compare rates, choose an electric company and look up the ID codes of the school they want to support. Pershing Middle School and Lamar High School are eligible to participate, but they are not registered yet.