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Several area classrooms will soon feature enhanced STEM-based learning materials, opportunities and experiences thanks to Southwestern Energy (SWN) and the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV).

The grant opportunity demonstrates SWN’s ongoing commitment to STEM education and supports the energy company’s desire to be an active corporate citizen while enhancing elements of the educational process.  Area teachers submitted proposals as part of the competitive application cycle.  By partnering with CFOV, the energy company was able to take a strategic approach to the process.  This year, 19 classrooms representing all grade levels in Ohio and Marshall counties will benefit from these awards which total $8,993.  The grant program, first launched in 2018, has funded projects in 37 classrooms.

“A core pillar of Southwestern Energy’s community outreach program is supporting education and STEM efforts in the areas in which we operate,” said Amy Dobkin, community relations manager, Southwestern Energy. “Our company is committed to supporting educators in their mission to deliver unique and creative experiences for their students, and we are so excited to present 19 grants.” Grantees, along with their principals and superintendents, were recognized during a reception held today on the Wheeling Campus of WVNCC.

“Collaborating with Southwestern Energy to provide such a meaningful and relevant opportunity for area educators and students is a wonderful example of community philanthropy that ties principles to practice,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

Grant recipients from Marshall County Schools include:

Cameron High School, grades 6-12:STEM Club for students with special needs, $500

Center McMechen Elementary, 3rd grade: electronic snap circuit junior boards, $500

Central Elementary, grades 3-5: SMART Centre Market workshops at the school, $500

Hilltop Elementary, 2nd grade: STEM supplies for classroom activities, $500

John Marshall High School, grades 9-12: interactive peg light board, $443

Sherrard Middle School, grades 6-8: drone project, $500

Sherrard Middle School, 7th grade: tiny house project, $500

Washington Lands Elementary, 1st grade: illumination light table/accessories, $500

Washington Lands Elementary, 1st grade: illumination light table/accessories, $466

Washington Lands Elementary, 2nd grade: robots and wonder workshop activities, $497

Washington Lands Elementary, 5th grade: microscopes, $428