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For Immediate Release
Nov. 12, 2014

DHEC recognizes 2014-15 Champions of the Environment winners

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Eight schools across South Carolina have been recognized as Champions of the Environment for the 2014-15 school year, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"We're pleased to be able to give eight major grant awards this year to S.C. teachers and students for environmental projects that will be making a difference," said Amanda Ley, DHEC's coordinator for the Champions of the Environment program. "We were also able to provide several schools with smaller awards to help them get their projects up and running."

"This year's grant awards go to projects focusing on pollution reduction and sustainability," said Ley. "Topics range from getting pollinator gardens started to reducing food waste in school cafeterias."

This year's Champions of the Environment Grant winners are:

  • Sumter Career and Technology Center, Sumter County
  • Leaphart Elementary School, Lexington County
  • Ebinport Elementary School, York County
  • Whittemore Park Middle School, Horry County
  • Southside Middle School, Florence County
  • Charles Towne Montessori, Charleston County
  • Orchard Park Elementary, York County
  • St. John Neumann School, Richland County.

In addition to the grant awards, a commercial will be made about each of the projects. The commercials will be featured on television, the Champions' website, and You Tube.
Champions of the Environment supports environmental action in South Carolina's kindergarten through 12th grade students through its grant award program. Champions is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper, and SCE&G, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. More information about the Champions of the Environment grant award program can be found at http://www.scdhec.gov/champions.


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Jim Beasley
Public Information Director
beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov
803.898.7769