Colonial Life Awards $25,000 to Richland District One Teachers

Grants support innovative and creative lesson ideas in the classroom

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Colonial Life awarded $25,000 in grants today to 27 teachers in Richland County School District One through its Strong Schools Grant partnership. The program supports teachers in the school district who have innovative and creative ideas for increasing student engagement. Teachers applied to receive grants of up to $1,000 to purchase equipment and technology for science, technology, engineering, arts and math courses.

"Many teachers in our communities have great ideas for different approaches to learning, but sometimes they lack the resources necessary to put their ideas into action," said Marie McGehee, manager of community relations for Colonial Life. "We’re pleased to offer teachers these mini-grants through our partnership with Richland One to help prepare the next generation of our community’s workforce."

Twenty-seven teachers in 19 Richland One schools received grants for the following projects:

A.C. Flora High School

  • John Codega. Grant will fund a 3-D printer that will bring together computer-aided design, modeling and design principles.
  • Thomas Sunday. Grant will fund remote data collection devices to help students measure and record information to learn about the world around them.

Challenger Learning Center

  • Terry Hufstetler. Grant will fund materials for fifth-grade robotics students for hands-on experience in problem-solving, engineering design and software programming.
  • Ed Triest. Grant will fund software for seventh grade science students to explore the engineering principles of design and modeling.

Columbia High School

  • Stephanie Gold-King. Grant will fund iPod technology in dance classes to expose students to dance and music in various cultures and historical periods and allow them to conduct research on world music.

Dreher High School

  • Chris Lee. Grant will fund software for students to actively evaluate their own musical performances and produce their own studio and video recordings. Eau Claire High School
  • Kelly Collis. Grant will fund communication tools to help 12th-gade English and journalism students develop an online school newspaper.

Heyward Gibbes Middle School

  • Vita Segars. Grant will fund supplies for Pinewood Derby cars for eighth-grade science students to learn force and motion through hands-on construction.

Horrell Hill Elementary School

  • Nakima Brinson. Grant will fund supplies for a robotics club for fifth-grade girls.

Hyatt Park Elementary School

  • Veronica Smith. Grant will fund musical instruments for fourth-grade students to increase their understanding of scientific and musical concepts of sound and pitch.

Lewis Greenview Elementary School

  • Debbie McDonald. Grant will fund supplies for a learning garden where students will plant, explore, observe and harvest plants and vegetables.

Lower Richland High School

  • Kathryn Miller. Grant will fund a library of chamber music for high school orchestra students.
  • Sheneice Smith. Grant will fund music theory software to enhance musical literacy of high school choral students.

Mill Creek Elementary School

  • Irene Bal. Grant will fund instruments to demonstrate variances in pitch, sound and vibration to third- grade students.

Pendergrass Fairwold School

  • Claude Reid. Grant will fund landscape materials for transitional program students to learn skills applied in agriculture and horticulture careers.

Pine Grove Elementary School

  • Emily Hammett. Grant will fund architectural and engineering software to engage fifth-grade students in a hands-on approach to understanding architectural design and engineering.
  • William Lewis. Grant will fund art materials to engage fourth- and fifth- grade students in a hands-on approach to understanding South Carolina history and real-world career opportunities using architectural design.

Rosewood Elementary School

  • Priscilla McPheeters. Grant will fund iPad minis for fourth-grade students to design floor plans of their dream homes.

Satchel Ford Elementary School

  • Kimberly Johnson. Grant will fund supplies for a fifth-grade robotics club.

South Kilbourne Elementary School

  • Allison Granish. Grant will fund a microscope digital camera and rock materials for first-grade science students.
  • Tiffany Snipes. Grant will fund a Worm Watcher Science Tool Kit to give third- through fifth-grade students hands-on sensory experiences through composting.

St. Andrews Middle School

  • Idris Chandler. Grant will fund amplified instruments to create a new strings ensemble for middle school orchestra students.
  • Brice Gill. Grant will fund attachable microscope camera equipment for seventh-grade science students.
  • Wanda Wylie. Grant will fund recording equipment to introduce students to broadcast journalism.

W.A. Perry Middle School

  • Angela Williams. Grant will fund digital cameras to photograph geometrical concepts and create scrapbooks, peer tutoring lesson plans and class blogs for math intervention students.
  • Cloye Woods. Grant will fund manipulatives for special needs middle school math students.

W.J. Keenan High School

  • Kirstin Bullington. Grant will fund a DNA barcoding amplification and electrophoresis kit for ninth- grade biology students to study local biodiversity.

"We are very appreciative of Colonial Life for making these grants available to allow our teachers to implement creative projects to enhance the learning experience for their students," said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Percy Mack. "Colonial Life is one of the district’s longtime business partners and the Strong Schools Grant Program is yet another example of the company’s ongoing support."

About Richland County School District One

One of the state’s largest school districts, Richland County School District One educates more than 23,000 students at 50 schools in urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods in Columbia, South Carolina. Richland One is a nationally accredited district, a prestigious distinction that reflects a community-wide commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. For more information, visit www.richlandone.org and stay connected to what’s happening in Richland One at www.facebook.com/r1schools, www.twitter.com/richlandone and on Richland One TV (Time Warner Cable channel 12 in the Greater Columbia area).

About Colonial Life

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, dental, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement indemnity insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 80,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit www.coloniallife.com or connect with the company at www.facebook.com/coloniallifebenefits, www.twitter.com/coloniallife and www.linkedin.com/company/colonial-life.