Shallotte, NC — ATMC recently awarded $35,000 in grant funds to 19 educators and organizations for programs which expand educational opportunities for Brunswick and Columbus County students. In recognition of the recipients, the cooperative held a reception at its Shallotte location in their honor. At the reception, recipients shared information about their programs and how grant funds will enhance the lives of the students and communities of which they serve.
This year’s grant recipients included:
Belville Elementary School (Trixie Dancy): Through the Growing With Me program, students in each grade will be able to grow a garden and integrate it into science and math classes.
Brunswick County Academy (Susan Tietje): With the Principles of Business & Finance program, students will now be able to utilize drones to create marketing materials for businesses and see the economic impact marketing has on organizations.
Brunswick County Schools D.A.R.E. Program (Dept. Jeremy Ferguson): Via educational supplies which can now be purchased by grant funds, D.A.R.E. will be able to better remind students about the importance of “just saying no”.
Brunswick County Schools Exceptional Children Department (Ryanne Zavacky): Through the EC Chromebook Check Out program, students will be able to check out Chromebooks to take home overnight.
Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School (Venice Price): In the Chromebooks for Math program, students will be able to better excel in math class and become 21st century-ready learners.
Leland Middle School (Verdale Dial-Harrison): Via the Chromebooks & Headphones for LMS EC program, students who struggle with reading grade level content, text comprehension and following along during read-alouds will be able to utilize Chromebooks and headphones to better assist them during instructional time. In addition, apps can be used to track progress and give immediate feedback for students.
Nakina Middle School (Carla Stewart): Through the Teaching Typing for Career Readiness program, students will now be able to utilize an Edutyping Software that will better help them in their Career Readiness Program.
Shallotte Middle School (Brice Horton): With the Greenhouse Growing program, students will be able to utilize problem-solving, innovation and collaboration skills by creating a greenhouse to learn about plants, including parts, adaptations and ecological interactions between plants and other organisms.
Shallotte Middle School (Jennifer Murphy): Through the Media Center Makerspace program, students will now have whiteboard project tables in the school’s media center to encourage collaboration and brainstorming, in turn making learning more fun.
South Brunswick High School (Michelle Hines): Through the More Empathetic Me! program, which is an extension of health science education classes, students will now be able to have first-hand exposure to careers in the healthcare industry.
South Brunswick High School (Beke Lindsay): In the Rose By Any Other Name program, the school’s agriculture land lab will be able to provide various hand tools for its horticulture program.
South Brunswick High School (Donna Mooneyham): Through the Bouncing Off The Walls program, students will be able to utilize fitness balls in the school’s sensory room to help improve focus, attention and concentration for special needs classes.
Southport Elementary School (Renee Schrom): Through TouchMath and Reading Eggs programs, exceptional needs students will be able to improve their math skills through interactive, multi-sensory applications and also utilize internet reading tools to help track progress, all of which will help increase test scores.
Supply Elementary School (Jennifer Hodges): With the A WONDERful Way To Spread Kindness program, students will be able to use the book WONDER to learn about kindness, anti-bullying, social skills and character building.
Town Creek Elementary School (Brittany Holdren): Through iPads For Structured Behavior Support, students will be able to utilize iPads to improve their studies in the classroom.
Town Creek Elementary School (Jessica Morgan): With the Accessibility & Adaptive Materials for Exceptional Learners program, students with physical impairments and hand/eye coordination delays will be able to use Sportime Successball kits to gain greater access to sports activities.
Union Elementary School (Allison Hunter): Through the Learning Alive Studios program, special needs students will now have a curriculum which uses augmented reality to increase engagement, reading comprehension and sentence building.
Waccamaw School (Janet Cate): Using the Traveling The World With Virtual Reality program, students will be able to travel to places they’ve only read about in books utilizing virtual reality kits for global field trip destinations.
Waccamaw School (Margaret Zeng): Through the Science Stations Using Technology program, students can now use Chromebooks to access technology programs and will be encouraged to participate in STEM initiatives such as the First Robotics Team and the Science Olympiad.
“We at ATMC whole-heartedly believe in the power of education and the importance of teachers and instructional staff,” said Keith Holden, ATMC Chief Executive Officer. “It is an honor to be able to help local educators by giving grants that can help make a difference in the lives of students and their families. Being a cooperative, we understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live and work and are pleased to be able to help our area schools.”
ATMC began awarding community and education grants in 2006. Since then, more than $605,000 has been awarded to 361 programs. ATMC will again begin accepting applications for its community and education grants in early 2019.
ATMC is a member-owned cooperative providing a multitude of communications services, including telephone, business systems, Internet/Broadband, cable television service, and ATMC Security, in Brunswick and Columbus Counties in southeastern North Carolina. ATMC is one of the largest telephone cooperatives in the United States. For more information on ATMC products and services, visit www.atmc.com.
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2018 Education Grant Reception Photo identifier
Front Row, Seated (L-R): Jessica Morgan (Town Creek Elementary School); Venice Price (Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School); Dr. Susan Tietje (Brunswick County Academy); Jennifer Murphy (Shallotte Middle School); Janet Cate (Waccamaw School); Jennifer Hodges (Supply Elementary School); and Ryanne Zavacky (Brunswick County Schools Exceptional Children’s Department);
Second Row: Doug Hawes (ATMC Director); Jennifer Faircloth (Town Creek Elementary School); Allison Hunter Union Elementary School); Carla Stewart (Nakina Middle School); Margaret Zeng (Waccamaw School); Renee Schrom (Southport Elementary School); Verdale Dial-Harrison (Leland Middle School); Darrell Cheers (Assistant Superintendent, Brunswick County Schools); Michelle Hines (South Brunswick High School); and Trixie Dancy (Belville Elementary School);
Third Row: Al Parker (ATMC Director); Janice Gore (ATMC Director); Gene Ward (ATMC Director); Deputy Jeremy Ferguson (Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officer; Brice Horton (Shallotte Middle School); Randy Hardee (ATMC Director); Jamie Milliken (ATMC Director); Whitney King (ATMC Director); and Keith Holden (ATMC CEO/General Manager)