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Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Project Services and Support Director Sandra Fairchild, far left, presented checks to recipients of the SRR 2014 STAR Scholarships during a recent ceremony.

SRR Awards STEM-Related Educational Grants to Local Schools

April 30, 2014

Aiken, SC – Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS), announced today that 12 area schools have been awarded educational grants to recognize and support excellence in teaching.

The Students/Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) grants are awarded to area elementary schools to provide funding for innovative approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.

Ken Rueter, SRR President and Project Manager, described how the grants are a mutual benefit to the area schools and SRR's STEM-related education outreach.

"We see the bar of standards in education continuing to increase while funding may stay the same," Rueter said. "These grants help teachers provide hands-on, innovative approaches in the classroom that they might not have been able to do with limited resources."

He continued, "SRR is a technology-based company with a history of supporting education. With fewer students pursuing math and science-related careers in the past decade, it is our goal to help reverse this trend to remain competitive, both as a company and a country. We want to help teachers excite students about math and science with these grants."

A team of SRR employees reviewed the grant proposals submitted this year and selected the best entries to receive the grants. SRR provided over $25,000 in grants since the company began giving grants in 2010.

This year's grant winners featured hands-on experiences for students in math and science by utilizing educational kits and manipulatives, all designed to achieve student excellence in their state's approved educational standards. The winning schools will focus on applying math and science to real-world experiences.

A reception will be held May 15, 2014, in Aiken to recognize the grant winners and present their checks.

This year's grant winners are:

Located near Aiken, S.C., SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by Savannah River Remediation, a team of companies led by URS Corporation, with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.

For more information about the STAR grant program, contact:
Rick Kelley , (803)208-0198

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