October 29, 2015
Aiken, S.C. — First-grade students at Greendale Elementary School in New Ellenton, S.C., are learning by listening to stories read by Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees.
As part of this school year's education outreach program, SRR, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), is sending volunteers to the school to have them read to five different first-grade classes.
Sonya Colvin, Greendale Elementary's Principal, supports the partnership, indicating that reading aloud to children is a critical component in producing successful readers and engaged learners.
"Our students always enjoy guest readers, but with our First Friday Readers being from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields, the topics are helping to introduce the foundation for our 21st century learners – and our community's future.
I appreciate Savannah River Remediation partnering with us in this reading program."
The SRR Public Affairs and Project Communications Director Amy Joslin said the Company has enjoyed helping Greendale students through the program.
"Greendale Elementary School is filled with students who are excited about learning," Joslin said. "Our employees enjoy reading to the students knowing it helps them gain knowledge."
SRR employees go to the school on the first Friday of each month to bring the stories to life, Joslin said.
"Greendale sits in the shadow of SRS and many parents of Greendale students work at SRS," she said. "One day, some of these children could work at SRS, too, so we want to help them learn at an early age that reading is important and fun."
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for DOE. 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, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions
News Media Contact:
Dean Campbell, SRR, (803) 208-8270 email@example.com