April 18, 2017
Fairfax, S.C. - A surprise visit from Savannah River Remediation (SRR) provided Peggy Bing-O’Banner, a second grade science teacher at Fairfax Elementary School, an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom.
Bing-O’Banner applied for and was awarded a grant to help purchase technology for students to conduct STEM projects during lessons on force and motion, magnets, air and weather, and solids and liquids.
Bing-O’Banner was surprised by the SRR Public Affairs staff in her classroom full of students. SRR representatives presented Bing-O’Banner with the grant check, balloons, and a small gift.
SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster says this is just one of the ways we show appreciation to teachers who go the extra mile to help their students have fun while learning in the classroom.
“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 help teachers excite students about math and science with these grants and make STEM-related concepts more hands-on in the classroom.”
SRR, the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS), awarded elementary school teachers with Students/Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) grants to provide funding for innovative approaches to teaching STEM curriculum.
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.
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.