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            Students representing one of 33 teams participating in this year’s Future City competition explain their model city to the judges during the event at USC Aiken.
            Top marks in education support

            Area educators praise SRNS Education Outreach programs

            Over the last year, more than 30,000 students and educators,   Typically, 130 colleges and universities attend College Night, each
            equivalent to the population of Aiken, S.C., directly benefited from   manning an information booth. This event is coordinated by SRNS
            14 SRNS Education Outreach annual programs and events.  personnel with the help of volunteers from several local companies.

            Since SRNS became the management and operations contractor   Over the years, more than $300,000 in scholarships has been
            in 2008 at SRS, more than 230,000 students and teachers   presented to students attending College Night.
            throughout the seven counties near SRS have benefitted from their   In addition, SRNS annually offers a “mini grant” program to provide
            dedicated efforts to enhance learning.                financial assistance to area teachers through corporate funding.
            “It’s hard to fathom the long-term impact of the many contributions   This competitive program provides grants to CSRA public and
            made by SRNS for the benefit of educators and students alike,”   private elementary and middle school teachers for innovative
            said Dr. Sean Alford, Superintendent, Aiken County Public Schools.   ideas. During this past school year, grants for 76 teachers, totaling
            “Our partnership is based on a mutual commitment to take local   $50,000, were awarded. To date, more than $550,000 has been
            education to the next level.”                         contributed to support educators throughout the region.
            The education outreach programs provided by SRNS emphasize   “It’s very nice what SRNS does for us,” said Jannie Dee Johnson, a
            science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These STEM-  fourth-grade teacher at Greendale Elementary, New Ellenton, S.C.
            intensive programs include the Traveling Science Demonstration   “Not many people understand how much of our own money we
            Program, Science & Technology Enrichment Program, Innovative   spend on supplies and materials for our students. It’s a great feeling
            Teaching Mini-Grants, Introduce a Girl to Engineering and various   that a company would spend that much to support local teachers.”
            workshops, tours, talks and demonstrations.           To better reach adults pursuing two-year degrees and living near
            Many of the programs offered annually are based on learning   SRS, Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with
            through friendly competition, testing the depth of the students’   local technical colleges. Each documents the partnership between
            knowledge and experience. They include the S.C. Regional Science   these colleges, DOE and SRNS, while providing for the creation of
            Fair, DOE Savannah River Regional Science Bowl and the Regional   advisory boards to oversee curriculum and course management
            Future City Competition (middle school engineering) .  related to SRS work scope.
            One of the SRNS educational events that reaches the most students   “Because we hire a high percentage of our employees locally, we
            each year is CSRA College Night. Last year, more than 5,000 area   believe in doing our part towards enhancing education at all levels,”
            high school students and parents participated, requiring use of the   said Stuart MacVean. “It’s a corporate value we truly believe in and
            entire floor space within the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Ga.   will continue to support.”
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