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Southwestern Energy and CFOV Award STEM Education Grants

STEM-based learning continues to be an important part of school curriculums.  Its diverse nature offers educators creative and unique opportunities to convey key skills and concepts.  Often, resources for projects are limited and selections are driven by available funding.

Thanks to grants made possible through Southwestern Energy (SWN) and the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV), local educators will now be equipped with additional resources to offer even more to their students when it comes to STEM.

The grant opportunity demonstrates SWN’s ongoing commitment to STEM education and supports the energy company’s desire to be an active corporate citizen while enhancing elements of education.  This year, students from 21 classrooms representing all grade levels in Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties will benefit from these awards which total $9,934.29.  To date, $37,235.04 has been granted to support projects in 80 Ohio Valley classrooms.

“Our company is committed to supporting educators provide creative and unique experiences for students, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Amy Dobkin, community relations manager, Southwestern Energy.  “The partnership with CFOV not only allows our interests to be achieved through an efficient process, but also helps to build relationships between recipients who share a passion for STEM.”

“We can all agree teachers play a critical role in cultivating interests and strengths of the students in their classrooms.  The skill development offered through these projects will set the stage for lifelong learning and creative inquiry,” said Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

Grant Recipients:

School Teacher Project
Cameron Elementary School Wendy Clutter STEM Challenge Field Day
Cameron Middle/High School Diana Aston Hands-on Anatomy experience for special needs students
Central Elementary Ricki Jo Thompson Recycled Seed Paper Project
Central Elementary School Lara Himrod Gardening for students with learning disabilities
Elm Grove Elementary School Alexandria Parker Makey Makey kits for Science
Hilltop Elementary School Bethani Tweedlie STEM Resource Activities Kits
Hilltop Elementary School Allison Rine STEM Resource Activities Kits
Hilltop Elementary School Lisa Gast Tangible Play Osmo Games
Madison Elementary School Amber Huffer STEM Stations and Nature Studies
Magnolia High School Craig Mason Algebra 1 – Time-distance Graphs, Speed and Acceleration
Middle Creek Elementary School Katrina Smith 3Doodler 3D Printing Pens
Middle Creek Elementary School Michelle Titus-Glover STEM Teaching Aids for Transitional Kindergarten
Middle Creek Elementary School Ashley Wolfe STEM Classroom Teaching Aids
Middle Creek Elementary School Kristy Villani Stem Resource Kits for Math and Science
Moundsville Middle School Shelly Lynch Breakout EDU
Ritchie Elementary School Gina Annett Coding Robots
Sherrard Middle School Greg Oliver Drone Class
Warwood Elementary School Olivia Montgomery Viking Engineering Students Soap Box Car Project
Warwood Elementary School Amy Yost AeroGarden Plant Life Cycle and Growth Project
Washington Lands Elementary School Ashley Fecat Animal Classification & Life Cycles
West Liberty Elementary School Brenda Bachman Math Concepts teaching aid