SRR awards STEM grants to CSRA schools

SRR awards STEM grants to CSRA schools

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, SC (WFXG) - Local elementary schools are getting educational grants to fund innovative approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, awarded the STAR grants (Students/Teachers Achieving Results) to 12 schools.

Ken Rueter, SRR President and Project Manager, described how the grants are a mutual benefit to the area schools and to SRR's STEM-related education outreach.

"We see the bar of standards in education continuing to increase while funding may stay the same," Rueter said. "These grants help teachers provide hands-on, innovative approaches in the classroom that they might not have been able to do with limited resources."

"SRR is a technology-based company with a history of supporting education," Rueter said. "With fewer students pursuing math and science-related careers in the past decade, it is our goal to help reverse this trend to remain competitive, both as a company and a country. We want to help teachers excite students about math and science with these grants."

A team of SRR employees reviewed the grant proposals submitted this year and selected the best entries to receive the grants. SRR has provided more than $25,000 in grants since the company began giving grants in 2010.

This year's grant winners featured hands-on experiences for students in math and science by utilizing educational kits and manipulatives, all designed to achieve student excellence in their state's approved educational standards. The winning schools will focus on applying math and science to real-world experiences.

A reception will be held May 15 in Aiken to recognize the grant winners and present their checks.

This year's grant winners are:

  • Diane Polk, Busbee Corbett Elementary School, Wagener, S.C.
  • Debbie Murphy, Gracewood Elementary School, Augusta, Ga.
  • Allison Childers, A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Augusta, Ga.
  • Mary Simpson, North Augusta Elementary School, North Augusta, S.C.
  • Nancy Brady-Wood, Kelly Edwards Elementary School, Williston, S.C.
  • Theresa Spieker, Mossy Creek Elementary School, North Augusta, S.C.
  • Holly Palmer, Chukker Creek Elementary School, Aiken, S.C.
  • La'Kendra Garrett, Merriweather Elementary School, Edgefield County, S.C.
  • Christi McWaters, East Aiken School of the Arts, Aiken, S.C.
  • Whitten Chavis, J.D. Lever Elementary School, Aiken, S.C.
  • Mary Cochran, Greendale Elementary School, New Ellenton, S.C.
  • Wanda Wates, W.E. Parker Elementary School, Edgefield, S.C.