GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Singing River Electric recently awarded three Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Grants totaling $5,000 to East Central Lower and Upper Elementary School, George County High School and Moss Point STEM Team.
East Central Lower and Upper Elementary gifted program will use grant funds to purchase four Dell laptops with Microsoft Office software, which will be used for LEGO MindStorm Robotics software and daily classroom use.
"By using robotics and computers in my classroom, I hope to build on our students' communication, technology, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills," said East Central gifted facilitator Marie Bond. "My students have expressed an interest in some of the competitions that our state has to offer using different types of robotics, and now we have the opportunity to do that."
George County High School will use grant funds to purchase six Nexus tablets with keyboards and cases to be used by special needs students as they learn life skills.
"Many special needs students have problems with the everyday task of writing legibly and lack the ability to communicate effectively without technology," said George County High School special education teacher Cecile Yarber. "Students will use the tablets to write their assignments, learn to comparison shop online and get comfortable using technology for educational and communication purposes."
Moss Point STEM Team will use grant funds to purchase a structure testing instrument for the team's bridge building competition.
"Our overall goal is to inspire our students to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and STEM-related careers outside the classroom," said Billy Carroll, founder and head coach of the Moss Point STEM Team. "By partnering with Singing River Electric, we can expand our students' horizons and help them learn about STEM through this interactive hands-on project."
For more information on Singing River Electric's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Grant Program, visit: http://www.singingriver.com/myCommunity/nhnCommunityGrantProgram.aspx