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SRR Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Project Manager Mark Schmitz (right) recently surprised Jennifer Olsen, second through fifth grade Gifted and Talented teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom. Olsen’s grant will help purchase kits to design, build, program, and test robots.

SRR Surprises Columbia and Richmond County Elementary School Teachers with STAR Grants

April 18, 2017


Columbia and Richmond Counties, G.A. - Surprise visits from Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees provided Columbia County and Richmond County elementary school teachers with educational grants to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in their classrooms.


Teachers in three Columbia County elementary schools and one Richmond County elementary school applied and won SRR Students/Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) grants to provide funding for innovative approaches to teach STEM areas.


Overall, SRR, the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS), awarded elementary school teachers with STAR grants to teachers in Columbia, Richmond, Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, and Edgefield counties.


Unbeknownst to the teachers, SRR representatives traveled to the schools to surprise the teachers in their classrooms with the grant checks in front of their principal and students.


Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said giving back to teachers is a priority for the Company.

“Teachers generously give extra time and resources, often their own, to provide opportunities for their students above the standard curriculum,” Foster said. “We want to partner with teachers who are going the extra mile to excite students about STEM-related concepts in the classroom.”


A team of SRR employees reviewed the grant proposals submitted this year and selected the best entries to receive the grants. SRR has provided more than $57,000 in grants since the Company began awarding grants in 2010.


The 2017 SRR STAR grant winners in Columbia and Richmond Counties are:

SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM Technical Services.


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STAR Grant
SRR Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Project Manager Mark Schmitz (right) recently surprised Christina Fortino and Macey Johnson, third grade teachers at Parkway Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance STEM curriculum in their classroom. Fortino and Johnson’s grant will help purchase iPads and applications, which will help students use technology to see how STEM topics apply in real-world situations.
STAR Grant
SRR Public Affairs Specialist Tina Melton (right) recently surprised Peri Zamora, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) elementary teacher at Goshen Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance STEM curriculum in her classroom. Zamora was awarded a grant to purchase kits that will help students with problem-solving and motor skills using simple machines, robots, and building sets. Pictured, from right, are Melton, Zamora, and Principal Cheryl Fry.
STAR Grant
SRR Public Affairs Specialist Tina Melton (left) recently surprised Dawn Jeffers (hugging Melton), Gifted Programs teacher at Euchee Creek Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom. Jeffers’s grant will help design a nature trail on wooded school property with hands-on learning environments to invoke student’s creative thinking, problem solving, and team building skills.





































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