LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - For many people, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is an opportunity to serve their communities. Some Singing River Electric employees got a jump start on their community outreach last week at several South Mississippi schools.
Wearing their full safety gear, SRE linemen visited with kindergartners at Central Elementary School in Lucedale, Gautier Elementary, and Sand Hill Attendance Center. They read the book “Lineman, The Unsung Hero,” written by Michelle Larson and illustrated by Susan Shorter. And they donated books to each of the schools.
“Giving back to the communities where our member-consumers live is one of the founding cooperative principles. It’s who we are and a big part of our 80-year history,” said Singing River Electric General Manager and CEO Brian Hughey. “Joining together for the Cooperative Days of Service allowed us the opportunity to participate in community service across the state.”
“It felt good to do something for the kids that they had fun with and hopefully learned a bit about what linemen do,” said Singing River Electric Construction Foreman II Brian Goldman.
Singing River Electric was just one of several Mississippi electric cooperatives to participate in Mississippi Electric Cooperatives’ Days of Service, where co-op employees volunteered in the communities they served. Others included Cooperative Energy, Dixie Electric, Coast Electric and Yazoo Valley Electric.