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Sawnee awards grant to Reading Education Association of Dawson County
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Chairman of READ Mike Ziegenbalg accepted a check on behalf of the association from Sawnee EMC. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Every month when the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation bill arrives, there is a simple request to give a few extra cents to round up your bill to the next dollar. That extra money goes a long way.

Sawnee EMC recently gave a $3,000 grant to the Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ) from funds accumulated in the program.

Chairman of READ Mike Ziegenbalg accepted the check on behalf of the association on March 15.

The money will be used for GED tests and testing materials.

As part of Operation Round Up, Sawnee EMC has awarded monies to local charities as well as to teachers and classrooms. Multiple organizations and five teachers across the seven counties in North Georgia served by Sawnee received checks this month.

Every billing cycle members of the Sawnee EMC are asked to round up their bill. Around 20,000 members choose to donate each month and the extra money goes into the Sawnee Foundation where it is then given out in the communities covered by Sawnee EMC.

To receive a grant, charities must submit an application to the Foundation Board. To qualify the charity must be located in the Sawnee EMC service area and provide a service to the community. Teachers who would like to apply must be employed by a public or private school within the service area and must submit an application through the Bright Ideas program. For more information, call Cindy Badgett at (678) 455-1399 or email her at

Since 2003 the foundation has donated more than $1.8 million.