ATMC Awards $30,000 for Education Grants
ATMC Awards $30,000 in Education Grants
Shallotte, NC -- ATMC has awarded $30,000 in grant funds to 17 educators and organizations for programs which expand educational opportunities for Brunswick County students. The cooperative recently honored the recipients during a reception at ATMC’s Shallotte location. Recipients were given the opportunity to talk about their programs and how the grant funds will enhance the lives of the students and communities they serve.
Belville Elementary School (A.J. Johnson and Patricia Riley): The Weekend Food Backpack Program provides easy to prepare meals for children who do not receive adequate nutrition at home on the weekends.
Lincoln Elementary (Donna Lemerey): The Mileage Club of Lincoln Elementary helps children get active by using technology to encourage students to reach physical fitness goals. Students are given lanyards with barcodes that track their walking progress, when students achieve milestones they are awarded with charms and certificates.
Supply Elementary School (Natalie Doherty): Pixels to Paint allows students to use iPads to create paintings and sketches online and make digital portfolios where they can save their artwork.
Supply Elementary School (Jennifer Kuhnemann): Older elementary students serve as safety control monitors to assist younger children around the school through the Starfish Safety Control program. The grant funds items to encourage the students to serve as safety monitors.
Cedar Grove Middle School (Melody Bryant): The Connecting to the World through Chromebooks will help 8th grade students become 21st century learners by using online interactive programs in the classroom.
Leland Middle School (Rebeccah Jones): Chromebooks for Kids allows special education students to interact with technology and enhance reading skills.
Shallotte Middle School (Holly Borden): Using technology the Sport Education Model for Physical Education allows students to improve and analyze their form and physical fitness by being able to review their own performance through videos and photos.
South Brunswick Middle School (Maryanne Gilland): Middle school students will have access to several online programs for learning through the Chromebooks for Kids program.
South Brunswick Middle School (Muriel Watson): The grant will benefit the Science Olympiad Team which helps students learn STEM concepts through research, building and lab work.
North Brunswick High School (Allison Burroughs): Programming and Broadcast encourages high school students to learn more about film production. The grant will help fund the program with the necessary equipment needed to broadcast the students’ news program.
Brunswick County Early College High School (Kathrine Weeks): STEM School of Distinction Goes 3D is a program that gives students the tools they need to create programs and processes that will make a difference in their community, the grant will fund equipment for students to create and build 3D objects.
South Brunswick High School (Beke Lindsay): The South Brunswick High School Future Farmers of America program teaches students the importance of parliamentary procedure and process as well as premier leadership. The grant funds supplies needed to participate in the program.
South Brunswick High School (Leigh Pope): Through the Exploring Language through Technology program non-English speaking students are able to take notes and translate quickly in class with iPad minis. This program helps to alleviate some of the disadvantages of having a language barrier in the classroom.
Brunswick Concert Band (Barbara Dougherty): The Music Student Assistance Program repairs gently used musical instruments that are then loaned to middle and high school students whose families cannot afford to purchase new instruments.
West Brunswick High School (Lindsey Fowler): All in Learning helps students gain confidence in their math education by allowing students to answer questions electronically in class. Students are given clickers to answer questions in class and the data is then used by the teacher to analyze and create better learning systems.
Brunswick County Schools (Ryanne Zavacky): Accessible Agriculture is a program that allows motor-impaired students to participate in gardening. The grant funds will be used to buy raised beds and adaptive tools, giving motor-impaired students the same ability for learning and interaction in the school gardens as their classmates.
Hickman’s Crossroads Library (Michelle Berger): The grant will be used by Friends of the Library to purchase large print books for the elderly and vision-impaired students throughout the county.
O’Neal Miller, ATMC CEO, commended the recipients on their dedication to students and their passion for education. He added, “Education is a big part of what cooperatives believe in, we are proud to participate with our local educators by giving grants that you can use to make a difference in the lives of the students and families you serve. ATMC appreciates all that you do, and we are honored to be part of the work you are doing.”
In September, ATMC’s Board of Directors approved a $5,000 increase for the 2018 Smart Education Grants bringing the total to $35,000 annually. ATMC began awarding community and education grants in 2006. To date, 359 local community and education grants have been awarded totaling over $600,000. ATMC will begin accepting applications for its community and education grants in early 2018.
ATMC is a member-owned cooperative providing a multitude of communications services, including telephone, business systems, wireless, Internet/Broadband, cable television service, and ATMC Security, in Brunswick and Columbus Counties in southeastern North Carolina. ATMC is the largest communications cooperative in North Carolina and one of the largest in the country. For more information on ATMC products and services, visit atmc.com
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PICTURED (left to right) front row– Michelle Berger, Muriel Watson, Leigh Pope, Melody Bryant, Natalie Doherty, Lindsey Fowler; second row – O’Neal Miller (ATMC CEO), A.J. Johnson, Mary Helen Turek, Rebeccah Jones, Donna Lemery, Kathrine Weeks, Les Tubb (Brunswick County Schools Superintendent); third row – Whitney King (ATMC Director), Jennifer Kuhnemann, Allison Burroughs, Holly Borden, Janice Gore (ATMC Director), Maryanne Gilland