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PSO Announces $50,000 AEP Foundation STEM Grant to Atoka Public S

TULSA, Okla. (August 9, 2021) – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP), today announced a $50,000 STEM grant from the AEP Foundation to Atoka Public Schools to help expose students to emerging technologies through STEM education. The AEP Foundation is the charitable arm of AEP and is partially funded by PSO.

The grant was announced at a morning event hosted by Atoka Public Schools. Speaking on behalf of the AEP Foundation, PSO Vice President for External Affairs, Tiffini Jackson, said the grant is in line with the company’s longtime support for public education. “This grant serves as a tangible example of how the public and private sectors are working together to provide a bright future for students and future generations through STEM education,” said Jackson.  “These partnerships provide long-term benefits for both students and the communities where they live.” 

“Through STEM education, Atoka students will be better prepared to face real life problems with more creativity, critical thinking and effectiveness,” said Atoka Public Schools Superintendent, Jay McAdams.  “Where a student lives should not dictate their quality of education.  Using this newly created interactive learning environment, students can access innovative technologies such as Virtual Reality, providing enhanced STEM-related career options.” 

About The AEP Foundation

The American Electric Power Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage. The AEP Foundation is based in Columbus, Ohio. 

About PSO

PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 562,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO owns approximately 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity fueled primarily by natural gas.  It also maintains and operates 22,000 miles of distribution lines and 3,700 miles of transmission lines.  PSO is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. News releases and other information are at  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PSOklahoma.

About Atoka Public Schools

Atoka Public Schools is a public school district located in Atoka, OK. It has 943 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1.