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            A decade of Mini Grants







        SRNS provides local teachers with $600,000 over past 10 years


               ver the last decade, SRNS has donated $600,000
               to enhance local education through the annual SRNS
               Innovative Teaching Mini Grants program.           “Not many people understand how much of our own money
                                                                    we spend on supplies and materials for our students.
        More than 100 educators from the greater Aiken-Augusta area   It’s a great feeling that a company would spend
        recently gathered to be honored and receive grants ranging from   that much to support local teachers.
        $500 to $1,000.                                                It shows just how much they value education.”
        “We realize funding issues often limit the goals and plans our local   Jannie Dee Johnson
        educators have for their students,” said Francine Burroughs, SRNS
        Manager, Talent Acquisition and Development. “We want to reward
        their impressive dedication and extreme desire to academically grow
        their students. This is where our Mini Grants program can often help.”  “The grant for our project involves several grades of students
                                                               working with area colleges and civil engineers to design and build
        The program recognizes and supports projects that enhance   a model of a pedestrian bridge to be constructed over a very
        elementary and middle school science, mathematics and   busy highway next to our school,” said Denise Newman, STEM
        technology programs.
                                                               Coordinator for Jackson Middle School, Jackson, S.C. “Hopefully,
        Typically, the grants are used to purchase materials and hands-  by the end, we’ll have a nice presentation for the County Board of
        on kits such as: Making a Splash in Learning with Underwater   Supervisors to review and consider.”
        Robotics; FUNdamental Fractions; Limitless Learning in 3-D; Raising   Funding for the grants is provided through the parent companies of
        Awareness of Our Environment; and Creating “Tasty Treats” with   SRNS (Fluor, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell).
        Math and Science.
                                                               “Rewarding these teachers who work so hard for our children is
        “It’s very nice what SRNS does for us,” said Jannie Dee Johnson,   important,” said Gladys Moore, SRNS Education Outreach. “Their
        a fourth-grade teacher at Greendale Elementary, New Ellenton,   enthusiasm and heartfelt expressions of appreciation make this
        S.C. “Not many people understand how much of our own money   event special for us as well.”
        we spend on supplies and materials for our students. It’s a great
        feeling that a company would spend that much to support local   The primary goal of the extensive SRNS education outreach
        teachers. It shows just how much they value education.”  program is to enhance interest in science, mathematics,
                                                               engineering and technology while supporting improvements in
        Educators from all Central Savannah River Area elementary and   education by using the unique resources available at SRS. The
        middle schools (public and private) are eligible to apply for the   SRNS management team believes business, industry, government
        $50,000 in Mini Grants offered each year. This year, more than   and the academic community should work together as partners to
        200 grant proposals were submitted, with 80 being selected.
                                                               improve educational opportunities for all students in our region.
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