Teachers earn SRNS grants

Six Barnwell County teachers were among 172 throughout the Central Savannah River Area to receive a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Innovative Teaching Mini Grant.
All applicants were honored at a reception held April 18 at Newberry Hall in Aiken, where monetary awards were officially presented.
Kelly Edwards Elementary teacher Nancy Brady-Wood received a $1,000 grant to bring the STARLAB, a mobile planeterium, to her school.
Guinyard-Butler Middle School teacher Melanie Correll received a $1,000 grant for AWARE (Areas With Agriculture for a Revived Environment).
In Barnwell District 19, two schools received grants, including Macedonia Elementary teacher Tina Sanderlin's Prekinder-"garden" - Feeding Young Minds program.
Blackville Hilda Jr. High School teacher Elizabeth Humphrey received a grant for her project, "Bringing Forensic Science to Life in the Middle School Classroom." Teachers Jacqueline Ballard and Valerie Walker were named on the grant with her.
SRNS President & CEO Dwayne Wilson was so impressed with the results of last year's program, he requested that an additional $25,000 be added to the Mini Grants annual budget of $50,000. "We are proud to reward educators who exhibit a strong passion for helping students better understand math, science and technology through innovative teaching methods," said Wilson.
This increase in budget provides grant awards for an additional 63 educators.
The Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program recognizes and supports innovative teaching methods by funding projects that enhance elementary and middle school science, mathematics and technology programs directly impacting students in the classroom.
Educators from all CSRA elementary and middle schools (public and private) are eligible to apply for a Mini Grant in one of three categories: $500, $750 or $1,000. SRNS is committed to supporting its education partners by sponsoring programs that facilitate the delivery of math, science and technology curricula, while increasing educational opportunities for students in the Central Savannah River Area.
The grants are provided through corporate funding made available by the parent companies of SRNS, LLC (Fluor Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear, and Honeywell).
The United States Department of Energy Savannah River Operations Office provides a variety of science and literacy outreach programs at the Savannah River Site by funding and coordinating the efforts of several organizations.
The primary goals of these outreach programs are to enhance interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology and to support improvements in education in the CSRA by using the unique resources available at the Site. The SRNS management team believes business, industry, government and the education community must work together as partners to improve the educational opportunities for all students in our region.