Expanding Education

by Oct 8, 2020Education, North Brunswick

ATMC awards $35,000 in grants to educators in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

ATMC recently awarded $35,000 in grant funds to 17 educators and organizations for programs that expand educational opportunities for Brunswick and Columbus County students. The funds were part of the cooperative’s grant program, which has awarded $775,000 in community and education grants to 472 programs since its inception in 2006.

“Through the pandemic and onset of virtual learning this year, we’ve seen just how valuable our teachers are,” said Al Parker, ATMC’s board liaison for the 2020 Grant Committee. “Being a cooperative, we understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live and work and are pleased to be able to help our area schools.”

This year’s grant recipients included:

Belville Elementary (Holly Majewski): Through the STEM-ming With Spheros program, students have access to computer coding and programming materials.

Bolivia Elementary (Elizabeth Schmidt and Emily Tate): With Where Will Reading Take You? students will now be able to utilize guided reading sets to help expand literacy.

Brunswick County Schools District Science Department (Jamie Smith): Through BCS Science Olympiad Invitations, students in middle school and high school will be able to benefit from supplies for science Olympiad teams.

Brunswick County Schools Mental Health Services Department (Meredith Lloyd): With the Youth Mental Health First Aid program, Brunswick County Schools staff will receive training for Mental Health First Aid certifications.

Brunswick County Schools Robotics Department (Keri McKenzie): Expanding Education Via the FIRST Robotics Club, robotic materials and curriculum will be provided for students throughout the district in the Brunswick County Schools’ Robotics program.

Early College High School (Kathrine Weeks and Judy Rodriguez): With the Global Perspective with Virtual Reality program, students will be able to learn about various cultures through virtual field trips.

Old Dock Elementary (Mia Bowen): With new supplies for a reading center including puzzles, phonics materials, magnetic writing pages, building boards and more students will be Centered Around First Grade and ready to take on reading.

Shallotte Middle School (Jennifer Murphy): Via the Reading Room, middle school students will have access to oversized beanbags to read and relax in the school’s media center.

South Brunswick High School (Kim Flood): Through the Learning Together with Technology program, students in the exceptional children’s program will be able to learn with an interactive panel in their classroom.

South Columbus High School (Jimmy Price): In the Stallion Piano program, student’s at South Columbus High School will be able to learn music with a new piano and choral music program.

South Columbus High School (Crystal Stubbs): Through the Enhanced SWAG program, students and teachers will benefit from a new media cart with a laptop, LCD projector, and speakers that can be used throughout the school.

Supply Elementary (Kathy Santini and Charles Snow): With the G.E.M.S and Bow TIE Clubs, students learn life skills in afterschool programs that teach leadership, etiquette and responsibility.

Union Elementary (Tara Cumbee and Jada Fimbel): Through the Let it Grow! program, students will have hands on experience building a rainforest, grassland or dessert terrarium.

Waccamaw K-8 School (Amber Malave): Through the Action for Success program, students in the school’s drop-out prevention program will have access to headphones and chrome books to help them access educational resources.

Williams Township School (Cassie Hoffman): With this grant, students in the AIG Program will be able to use the Light Chasing Tinker Crates Robotic Program to encourage electronic and engineering skills.

West Brunswick High School (Abra Corcoran): Through the Occupational Course of Study Upgrade, exceptional needs students will learn life lessons like cooking and creating with the purchase of kitchen materials and a vinyl machine.

West Brunswick High School (Jeff Clendenin and Joe Callisto): Students in the JROTC program will get hands-on learning with a new VEX Robot that can also be used in robotics competitions.

“We at ATMC believe in the power of education and the importance of teachers and instructional staff,” said Keith Holden, ATMC Chief Executive Officer. “Our local schools have had to stretch budgets and implement many new policies and procedures because of COVID-19, we hope we are able to help lighten their load a little by giving grants that can help make a difference in the lives of students and their families.”

Contributed Photo: Keith Holden, ATMC CEO, presents check to Dr. Oates, Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools.

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