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Local teachers receive SRS 'mini-grants'

Posted: April 19, 2013 - 4:30pm  |  Updated: April 24, 2013 - 12:02am
Evans Elementary School teachers Kristie Marchman (left) and Karin Heise (right), shown with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Dwayne Wilson, were among 172 area educators honored Thursday night as recipients of "innovative teaching mini grants" from SRNS to enhance science, math and technology programs.   Special Photo
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Evans Elementary School teachers Kristie Marchman (left) and Karin Heise (right), shown with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Dwayne Wilson, were among 172 area educators honored Thursday night as recipients of "innovative teaching mini grants" from SRNS to enhance science, math and technology programs.

Several teachers in Columbia County are among 172 educators who received part of $75,000 in “innovative teaching mini grants” from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions on Thursday.

The program supports innovative teaching methods by funding projects that enhance elementary and middle school science, math and technology programs.

Karin Heise, a resource teacher at Evans Elementary School, said she plans to use her $500 grant to buy software from England designed to improve students’ short-term and long-term memories.

“We are so grateful to SRNS,” she said. “This is a great gift for the kids and our teachers.”

Also honored were Heise’s fellow Evans Elementary teachers Ann Jones, Susan Richey and Kristie Marchman, who received a $1,000 mini grant for their “Study Island” project, designed to enhance study skills with a “fun but practical” set of teaching tools.

Other honorees from Columbia County included Lakeside Middle School’s Darlene Belton, Melissa Dupree and Mia Wuchte for their “laboratory investigation and frog dissection” project; Baker Place Elementary’s Sandra Ringel for “Hands-on fun with math and science”; Jane ElLaissi and Joan Adkins of Stallings Island Middle for a project titled “System-atically Science”; and Lewiston Elementary’s Alicia Miller, for a project called “Can You Dig It.”

A selection committee, comprised of Savannah River Site employees, reviewed 385 grant proposals submitted this year and selected 117 projects to receive a total of $75,000 in funding. The amount budgeted for the program had been increased by $25,000 this year.

The grants are provided through corporate funding by the parent companies of SRNS: Fluor Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell.

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Comments (10)

Sweet son

Good Job CCBOE!

Were there any Richmond County recipients?

Barry Paschal

Other recipients

There were several from Richmond and other counties; we only listed the ones from Columbia County.

Sweet son

Thanks Barry.

I was just curious!

Paul Ricca

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Andrew Cowan

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Andrew Cowan

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Robert Harris

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