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GE Atlanta Brings an Educational Extreme Makeover to Marietta School

GE Atlanta employee volunteers come together to execute over 28 renovation projects in just 24 hours at Powers Ferry Elementary School in Marietta, Ga. on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

As part of GE’s annual Fallunteering event, over 200 GE Atlanta employee volunteers and their families, including Karl Fessenden, vice president of GE’s Power Generation Services business; Dan Janki, President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Energy Management and Stephanie Mains, vice president, of GE’s Distributed Power Services business will make a positive impact on the school, powerfully influencing the future course of education for students at Powers Ferry Elementary.

“As part of GE’s commitment to bettering the metro-Atlanta community, we are grateful to have the opportunity to join forces with Powers Ferry Elementary to provide hundreds of deserving children with the tools and motivation they need to take their education to the next level,” said Janki.

Each project has a specific focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with two showcase projects focusing on a robotics and “green” technology theme to inspire a love for science at an early age. GE volunteers will convert two existing spaces into a Lego robotics lab and outdoor classroom to foster the students’ interest in sustainability, science and technology. In addition, GE will begin an ongoing program for the existing GE Cobb County robotics team to mentor teachers and students.

“We at GE know these children are the future innovators of the world and will be tasked with finding solutions for tough challenges,” said Fessenden.” Empowering students to be involved in STEM programs through access to their own weather station, solar/wind powered aqua habitat, compost area and vegetable garden will give them the opportunity to learn how our planet works and how to keep it safe for future generations.”

Each project will accommodate all skill levels, enabling not only GE volunteers but also their children over the age of eight to participate in this uplifting event benefitting peers their age.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com. GE’s presence in Atlanta consists of five business units including: Energy Management, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Capital and Power & Water. The total number of employees in the Metro Atlanta area is 2,400.

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