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High School Students: Apply Now for Co-op Page Days

students meet with legislators at page day

INDIANAPOLIS – This winter high school students from across the state will have the opportunity to participate in one of two Page Days hosted by Indiana Electric Cooperatives. Available program dates are: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, or Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Each day will feature a tour of the governor’s office and the Indiana Statehouse, as well as the opportunity to meet the students’ local state senator. Pages will also observe floor sessions, learn about current legislation, and assist staff members.

“Serving as a page gives young people a unique opportunity to participate in state government,” explained Maura Giles, manager of cooperative relations at South Central Indiana REMC. “Experiencing the process and the heart of state government brings to life many of the lessons students learn in the classroom. Seeing it firsthand takes it to the next level.”

High school students are eligible to participate. For more information or to apply visit www.sciremc.com/pageday. Application deadlines are one week prior to each program date. Spaces are limited, so apply soon.

Indiana Electric Cooperatives, located in Indianapolis, represents 38 electric distribution cooperatives that serve 1.3 million Hoosiers in 89 of the state’s 92 counties. For more information about the association visit indianaec.org.

SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.


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