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SRR Public Affairs Specialist Maddie Blair (center) recently surprised Wanda Wates, a kindergarten through second grade math and science teacher at W.E. Parker Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum in her classroom. Pictured, from right, are Principal Gaye Holmes, Blair, and Wates.

SRR Awards STAR Grant to W.E. Parker Elementary School Teacher

April 18, 2017


Edgefield, S.C. - A surprise visit from Savannah River Remediation (SRR) provided Wanda Wates, a kindergarten through second grade math and science teacher at W.E. Parker Elementary School, an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom.


Wates applied for and was awarded a grant to help purchase robotic bubble bees that students will program to maneuver mazes and follow a treasure map, all the while developing skills like coding, sequencing, planning, and collaboration.


Wates was surprised by SRR Public Affairs employees in her classroom with the grant check, balloons, and a small gift.


Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said awarding elementary school grants is one of the ways the Company shows appreciation to teachers in the community.


“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.


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