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Sallie Z. Elementary wins $500 agribusiness grant for STEM lab
1 of 3 winners statewide
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Sallie Zetterower Elementary School students help STEM lab teacher Ansley Mays welcome the Georgia Agribusiness Council grant. Adults pictured are, from left, Principal Julie Mizell, GAC President Bryan Tolar, Mays in back with students, Sen. Jack Hill and Assistant Principal Crystal Simpkins. - photo by Special to the Herald

Sallie Zetterower Elementary School has won a $500 grant for its STEM exploratory lab from the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

The public school in Statesboro was one of three schools statewide selected by the GAC's Education Committee for a Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grant. The other winners were R.B. Wright Elementary School in Moultrie and Central High School in Carrollton.

GAC President Bryan Tolar and state Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, came to Sallie Zetterower Elementary on Friday to present the check to Ansley Mays, the school's STEM lab teacher.

STEM teachers provide additional learning experiences in "science, technology, engineering and mathematics" outside of students' regular math and science classes. Some of the STEM concepts Mays teaches are agriculture-related, and she also uses an outdoor classroom, the Georgia Agribusiness Council noted.

The $500 will be used specifically for a hydroponics project to grow vegetables, said Hayley Greene, the Bulloch County Schools' public relations specialist.

Mays applied for the grant on behalf of the school. It is the fourth grant of money or equipment the Sallie Zetterower STEM lab has received this year.

These were the other three:

Part of a $25,000 grant the Bulloch County Schools received from the Monsanto for the system's nine elementary school STEM labs provided nearly $1,200 in technology and instructional resources for each lab, Greene reported. Monsanto is an international agricultural chemical and biotechnology company, and the school system received nominations from 15 farmers in applying.

The Sallie Z. lab received a $981 grant from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education for an iPAD, an Osmo program, and STEM literature.

A 3-D printer was recently awarded to the school in a contest hosted by the the Georgia Southern University College of Education and its Innovation Studio.


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