Anderson School District One. Public Information Office
801 North Hamilton Street Williamston, SC 29697
Jane Harrison Sissy Swing
Public Information Administrative Assistant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Powdersville Elementary School in Anderson School District One received wonderful news when a representative from Michelin North America visited the school and informed them that their environmental stewardship grant had been fully funded to the tune of almost $17,000. Ms. Melissa Wilcox, a fifth grade teacher at Powdersville Elementary, wrote the grant with hope of furthering the problem-based learning unit on healthy honey bee hives that third graders had completed the year before. The vision for this project is to expand the bee project with education on sustainability and nutrition in the classroom and into the community. By taking advantage of research and gardening ideas at Clemson University, part of the project will install for each classroom (3rd-5th grade) a raised bed garden (used for pollinator friendly flowers and vegetables) that not only supports the bee project but provides an opportunity for hands-on learning that has real-life implications in the community.
“As a South Carolina public school, we are committed to developing young people prepared to be employed in the workplace as productive, team-oriented employees, as well as being community-minded citizens,” Ms. Wilcox emphasized.
The project will foster school and community partnerships and provide increased student opportunities for real world problem solving and hands-on learning, aligned with South Carolina College and Career Readiness Standards and the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate.
Brad Moore, the principal at Powdersville Elementary School, knows how impactful this project will be for his teachers and students. “To be one of only three schools in North America to receive this grant says a great deal about Ms. Wilcox as a leader and creates an innovative environment in which our faculty and students can continuously grow as learners and as people.”
Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, stated, “Powdersville Elementary embraced Project Based Learning last school year and did an outstanding job with the Bee Project. I have never seen students so excited to share their learning. Learning was at its highest level as students were creating, collaborating and problem solving in this real-world scenario. I am thrilled that they have been given the funds to continue this project and broaden the impact.”
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