AIKEN, S.C. (June 27, 2018) -- Savannah River Remediation (SRR) donated $1,000 to the Public Education Partners (PEP) of Aiken County to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-(STEM) related grants for teachers in the Aiken County Public School District.
SRR’s donation will be awarded to teachers for classroom grants with a STEM focus. PEP serves as a liaison between the private sector and the public school system, providing avenues for business, industry, and community involvement in public education.
SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster said the Company values PEP’s mission in Aiken County and shares their value to supplement STEM learning in classrooms.
“As a Company and members of this community, I consider it our privilege to team with the Public Education Partners of Aiken County and support teachers with STEM-related curriculum for their students.” Foster said. “We recognize teachers often go above and beyond using their own resources to make STEM learning an asset in their classrooms, and this is one of many ways we help fund these initiatives.”
Teachers throughout the Aiken County School District have submitted applications for STEM projects in the classroom. The projects range from worm decomposition, to robotics, to virtual reality in the classroom. The grants allow teachers to provide their students with hands-on learning opportunities in STEM subjects.
Ellen Hansmann, SRR Director of Supply Chain Management and PEP board member, believes strongly in supporting the public education system.
“Serving as a board member is an easy decision for me, and today’s donation further reminds me what PEP’s goal is: To partner with public schools, teachers, and students to advance equality and excellence in education,” Hansmann said. “As a mom of now grown boys and a member of this community, I want to be a part of giving these children the best educational opportunities possible.”
PEP is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by business leaders who recognized that the school district needed community support to address the needs of students.
In the last five years, PEP has given more than $30,000 to support STEM initiatives in Aiken County.
PEP Executive Director Melissa Viola said SRR’s donation is exactly what is needed to help them continue being a reliable resource for public school teachers.
“We greatly appreciate this generous donation and what this support means for Aiken County teachers and students,” Viola said. “Public Education Partners is dedicated to the advancement of equality and excellence in education for all students in Aiken County through engaging the community’s support, and this donation from SRR helps to further enhance academic excellence in our region.”
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. 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 Orano, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.