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ORAU Reveals the Extreme Classroom Makeover for Gresham Middle's Ms. Alvey

Aug. 11, 2009

WHO: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Senior Advisor to the President Homer Fisher, Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. James McIntyre, and Gresham Middle School Sixth Grade Science Teacher Ms. Alvey

WHAT: ORAU unveils the dramatic transformation of Jenny Alvey's Extreme Classroom Makeover.

Announced this past May as the grand-prize winner of the first ever ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover, Ms. Alvey's classroom received a $25,000 grant to outfit the sixth grade science class with the latest in educational technologies and receive a year's worth of training and support.

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, 10 a.m. (media may want to arrive at 9:45 a.m. to set up)

WHERE: Gresham Middle School, 500 Gresham Road, Knoxville, TN 37918, (865) 689-1430. Follow directional signs to the event.

Ms. Alvey's classroom before the makeover

This photo taken on May 4, 2009 shows how Ms. Alvey's sixth grade science class at Gresham Middle School looked before the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover. The results of the makeover will be revealed 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13. Click image to enlarge.

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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