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Twenty-Four Missouri Schools Receive Solar Hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy Systems Through Ameren “Power Up” Education Program
AmerenUE recently awarded self-contained solar hydrogen fuel cell energy systems to 24 schools in Missouri under Ameren Corporation's "Power Up" program that brings technology and support to classrooms and teachers. This is the final year for the program; no more kits will be distributed.

In 2005, Ameren donated 105 fuel cell kits, totaling $150,000, to teachers throughout Ameren's service areas in Missouri and Illinois. High school science teachers can use the kits \- and a curriculum that reinforces Ameren's commitment to the environment and explains energy generation through renewable resources \- to build awareness of renewable energy sources through hands-on experiments.

Recipient schools in Missouri were:

South Elementary School; Eldon

McCluer North High School; Florissant

Hayti High School; Hayti

Northwest Valley Middle School; House Springs

Helias Interparish High School; Jefferson City

Louisiana R-2 High School; Louisiana

Parkway South High School; Manchester

Mexico Public Schools; Mexico

Moberly Middle School; Moberly

Riverbend School; Pacific

Portageville School District; Portageville

Risco High School; Risco

Orchard Farm Middle School; St. Charles

Hardin Middle School; St. Charles

Lewis and Clark Career Center; St. Charles

St. Charles West; St. Charles

Metro Academic and Classical High School; St. Louis

Webster Middle School; St. Louis

Viburnum Middle School; Viburnum

St. Francis Borgia Regional High; Washington

Annunciation Catholic School; Webster Groves

Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High; Wellsville

Wentzville Middle School; Wentzville

Lafayette High School; Wildwood

"We support our communities in many ways beyond our basic role of providing reliable gas and electric service," said AmerenUE Energy Delivery Senior Vice President Richard Mark. "This program supported education throughout Ameren's service area \- where school systems are facing some tough financial pressures." Besides providing fuel cell kits, Ameren's now discontinued Power Up program also provided more than 200 SMART Board' interactive whiteboards \- with a total value of $600,000 \- to K-12 classrooms throughout the Ameren companies' service areas in Missouri and Illinois. The SMART Board' interactive whiteboard is a touch-sensitive display about the size of a standard whiteboard. Hooked up to a computer and projector, it operates like a giant computer screen that students and teachers simply touch to operate. Students can also write over applications in digital ink and then save their work for future study and review.

In addition, Ameren awarded $250 grants to individual teachers for classroom equipment or supplies of their choice \- up to a total of $150,000 awarded.,P. Ameren, through its subsidiaries, serves 2.3 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

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