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December 4, 2008

Teacher grants awarded

Aside from assisting in the destruction of chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass also manages to encourage local teachers with the company’s annual grant awards.

Twenty Madison County teachers recently were awarded $500 grants for proposed classroom projects, and this marks the fourth year that Bechtel Parsons has sponsored the awards.

“Our goal is to recognize teachers who have innovative educational approaches, promote creative thinking by teachers and students and emphasize the importance of math, science and technology,” said John Schlatter, public information officer for Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass.

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the contractor which will build the plant to neutralize chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot, has awarded the grants through its Teacher Innovation Program since it began in 2004.

“We provide the funds to Madison County Schools, and they are responsible for soliciting applications, reviewing them and selecting recipients,” Schlatter said. “Professional educator are far better equipped to make those decisions than we are.”

Funding is provided by Bechtel National Inc., and Parsons Infrastructure and Technology, the two parent companies of the Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass joint venture.

“As technology-based companies, we believe it’s important to support math and science education,” Schlatter said.

The grants are awarded to teachers who submit proposals for science, mathematics and technology programs for their classrooms. They are to be used for innovative approaches in the classroom that promote student-centered learning and enhance education in science, mathematics and technology programs, according to Erin Stewart, community education director for Madison County schools.

This year’s grant recipients are:

• Sonya Richardson, Daniel Boone Elementary, “Reading About Science Helps Us Make Sense”

• Jill Van Dyke, Daniel Boone Elementary, “Algebra to Zebras”

• Angela Headley, Kirksville Elementary, “At Home with Science”

• Dana Freeman, Kit Carson Elementary, “Making Math Facts Permanent”

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