E.ON encourages nation’s bright sparks to enter its new ‘Powering Poetry’ competition

By JaneBranscombe

Energy company E.ON is today (MON) announcing the launch of its brand new schools competition to find the nation’s best energy-themed poems. The ‘Powering Poetry’ competition forms part of E.ON’s broader educational activities, developed to educate children about where energy comes from and how it’s used in our everyday lives.

Poems can be about anything related to energy and the competition is open to pupils aged 5-11 years. Up to 20 empowered winners will have their poems professionally published in a compilation book, also entitled ‘Powering Poetry’. And as well as receiving a copy of the book of winning entries, successful pupils will receive a book token for themselves and a set of energy-related books for their school.

Entries are invited until Tuesday, 5th May 2015 and schools are asked to collate and submit ‘power-try’ entries on behalf of their pupils.

Alison Gibson, Senior Community Relations Executive at E.ON, said: “We’re really excited to launch our Powering Poetry competition and are keen for any bright young sparks who are interested in energy to get their creative caps on for the chance to have their work professionally published.

“As well as having their work in print and getting a book voucher, each winner’s school will also get a set of fiction and non-fiction energy-themed books which we’ve carefully selected with help from a panel of expert Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers.”

The competition is launched as new research from E.ON finds that more than three quarters (77%) of children are read a bedtime story. And more than half (55%) of the 1,000 parents surveyed say that they read from a traditional storybook, rather than turning to technology such as e-readers, tablets or laptops.1

The competition is open for entries until Tuesday, 5th May 2015 and interested schools should visit eonenergy.com/campaigns/powerful-poetry for full details and for Terms and Conditions.

As well as ‘Powering Poetry’, E.ON also offers educational activities through its Energy Experience programme which has been created to help teachers working with young people aged 5-16 years. Energy Experience includes online and classroom activities which support the curriculum, and which have been designed to help pupils understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption. Full details and resources can be found at eon-uk.com/energyexperience.

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Notes to editors

1 Based on consumer polling by OnePoll of 1,000 parents of 4-18 year olds, carried out in February 2015.

For more information contact:

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183 681, jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Jag Kahlon, 02476 181 308, jag.kahlon@eonenergy.com

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