The School Foundation receives $10,000 grant from Verizon for ‘Project Lead The Way’

Florence, SC- Verizon donated $10,000 to The School Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to administrators, teachers, and students of Florence School District One (FSD1). The grant will enable Delmae Elementary School to join three other FSD1 elementary schools in piloting Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – a comprehensive approach to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education.

With Project Lead the Way, Delmae Elementary School students have a great opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as they would in a career setting where all the components are infused in both creative expressions and problem solving situations. Students learn how to communicate effectively, work in teams, facilitate discussions, practice professional conduct and think critically.

Roy Ann Jolley, Delmae Principal, stated, "We are thrilled at the possibilities for learning through Project Lead the Way. We are committed to provide classrooms that are engaging and relevant for our 21st Century learners. This initiative will allow teachers to empower students with the tools needed to test, tinker, and design in classrooms where collaboration is key and content comes to life."

"We believe these experiences ignite students' entrepreneurial spirit and puts them on the path towards a brighter future," said Krista Bourne, Verizon Wireless president for the Carolinas and Tennessee. "For today's global economy, focused on high-growth and technology-driven careers, we must educate, prepare, and inspire all students by providing and promoting innovative and creative learning experiences and outcomes."

"Through activity-based, project-based and problem-based curriculum, Project Lead the Way gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning," said Debbie Hyler, executive director for The School Foundation. "With Verizon's support, we are one step closer to supporting students at Delmae Elementary."

SC Representative Terry Alexander stated: "This will help prepare our students to meet the future workforce needs of companies like Verizon. We appreciate their investment and partnership with The School Foundation and the students of Florence School District 1."

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