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Jackson EMC Donates $25K to Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett

(JEFFERSON, GA. Nov. 12, 2020) – Jackson EMC donated $25,000 to the Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett, a nonprofit, private school serving special needs children, to construct a new playground and recreation field for students with disabilities. 

“This donation will enable us to build a new playground with ADA-[Americans with Disabilities Act] compliant equipment and safety fencing,” said Jamie Hamilton, the school’s Director of Community & Donor Engagement.  

"Being able to provide our students with an expanded playground and new recreation field will be a tremendous upgrade to our recreational offerings on campus. These areas will provide our students with both physical and cognitive benefits by allowing for a mental break during the day, increased social engagement, the opportunity to manage stress and release frustrations, along with healthy levels of exercise and physical engagement. Our students will love these new amenities and we know they will help contribute to a better experience at SNS," said Hamilton. 

The Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett provides educational, therapeutic and early intervention services to more than 70 students ranging from pre-school age to young adults with developmental or physical disabilities.    

The Jackson EMC donation was made possible using margin refunds that have been unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members for five years. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia electric cooperatives to make charitable, education and economic development contributions of unclaimed margin refunds.  

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 238,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.