Grant check

Sewanee Elementary School recently received a $5,000 STEM grant from The Tennessee Valley Authority in partnership with the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization. The grant will be used for a STEM education project. Pictured, from left, are Scott Spence, CEO of DREMC; Stanley Bean, Franklin County director of schools; Allison Dietz, principal of Sewanee Elementary School; Tommy Campbell, DREMC-Sewanee area manager; and Bethany Kitch, TVA program manager.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Duck River Electric and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, recently awarded Sewanee Elementary School $5,000 for a STEM project.

The grant award is part of $800,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to nearly 200 schools across the TVA’s seven-state service territory.

The money that SES received will go toward funding an outdoor STEM classroom.

“We are very grateful to receive this grant,” Principal Allison Dietz said. “Sewanee Elementary is very excited to make strides in becoming a STEM-designated school.

“We look forward to using the funds to make a safe place for students to explore, participate in hands-on activities and experience problem-solving strategies, all while integrating STEM subjects.”

Across the valley, educators submitted projects large and small to further their STEM education initiatives in the classroom.

The competitive grant program provided teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000, and preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving as well as pandemic-related projects.

Schools that receive grant funding must receive their power from a TVA distributor.

“Despite the new challenges Valley teachers faced in 2020, they are still focused on providing the best STEM education possible and have adjusted to new ways of teaching,” said Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar. “I am proud of the partnerships we have built with these amazing educators across the Tennessee Valley over the past few years and am pleased to be able to provide some support through this program. Through the grants awarded this year, over 72,000 students will be directly impacted across the Valley.”