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ORAU Awards Area Schools $25,000 in Education Grants for Science and Math Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 11, 2006
FY06-46

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.— Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) presented grant checks totaling $25,000 for 15 different school programs from across Anderson County on Sept. 7. In a special ceremony, grants were awarded to 10 schools in the Anderson County school system, three schools from the Oak Ridge school district and one school in the Clinton City school district for math and science educational projects and supplies.

Anderson County High School was one of the evening’s big winners, receiving a $3,000 award to fund the purchase of TI83 Plus calculators.

Briceville Elementary School also took home $3,000 to help expand the science lab using technology with “Science and Technology for Children™” unit kits.

Glenwood Elementary teachers receive big check from ORAU

Pictured L to R: ORAU President Ron Townsend presents a $1,000 education grant check to Cindy Jackson and Missy McCallen, both of Glenwood Elementary School. Also helping to present the award check is, pictured far right, Assistant Superintendent of Oak Ridge Schools Ken Green. High-resolution version of photo

Other schools that received education grants included:

  • Andersonville Elementary School—a $2,000 check for the purchase of “Science and Technology for Children™” unit kits to enhance the science lab
  • Claxton Elementary School—a $1,200 check to add nonfiction books to the school
  • Clinton Elementary School—a $1,400 check towards computer and video equipment for the implementation of virtual science fieldtrips
  • Clinton High School—a total of $3,300 for two projects—the purchase of a human cadaver to enhance the anatomy and physiology lab, and an “Active Solar Electric System” for a zero-emission outdoor classroom
  • Dutch Valley Elementary School—a $2,000 check for additional equipment for the school’s new computer lab
  • Glenwood Elementary School— the book How to Eat Fried Worms—a year-long read for all upper grade students
  • Jefferson Middle School—a $1,000 check to integrate interactive math and science technology into the classroom
  • Lake City Elementary School—a $2,500 check to advance the science experience by purchasing Magnifiers Gem Kits and materials/devices for studying the solar system
  • Lake City Middle School—a $1,000 check to extend the science experience into other subjects and incorporate additional reading into curriculum
  • Norris Elementary School—a $1,500 check to fund a vernal pool project where students can study unique water habitats
  • Norwood Elementary School—an $1,800 check to expand the current science lab with additional books and lab kits
  • Woodland Elementary School—a $300 check to create a raised garden for kindergarten students to tend to throughout the year

The awards were presented by ORAU President Ron Townsend and ORAU General Counsel Ivan Boatner. Along with announcing each award’s amount, check presentations included a brief description of each project and its intended goals.

Since 2002—the beginning of the education grant program—ORAU has been able to provide close to $125,000 to Anderson County schools.

Anderson County teachers receiving ORAU education grants

The winning teachers and educators are (pictured L to R, front row): Andrea Russell of Anderson County High School; Gladys Stooksbury of Briceville Elementary School; RaeAnn Owens of Lake City Middle School; Kimberly Hurst of Clinton Elementary School; Rita Elwood of Jefferson Middle School; Cindy Jackson of Glenwood Elementary School. Middle row: Janis Bishop of Dutch Valley Middle School; Debe Eckley of Andersonville Elementary School; Judith Neff of Lake City Elementary School; Kym Cuffman of Woodland Elementary School; Victoria Medaglia of Lake City Middle School, and Lori Collins of Andersonville Elementary School.

Back row: Jess Anne Cole of Norris Elementary School; Shelby Haun of Lake City Elementary School; Candace Eubanks of Claxton Elementary School; Riley Sain of Clinton High School; Vicki McKamey of Norwood Elementary School; Dr. Whitey Hitchcock of Clinton High School, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities President Ron Townsend. High-resolution version of photo

One of the key missions of ORAU is to enhance excellence in scientific research and education, and ORAU’s volunteers in education team works to strengthen science and math education resources in East Tennessee, specifically. Awards are made based on proposals submitted by the individual schools.

Individual check presentation photographs for each school are available by contacting Jennifer Brock at (865) 576-9559.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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