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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2010

McKissick Elementary School named ‘Champion of the Environment’

COLUMBIA, S.C. - McKissick Elementary School in Easley has been awarded a Champions of the Environment grant for its “Troops Memorial Butterfly Garden,” the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“The school created the garden more than two years ago with assistance from local individuals, businesses and organizations,” said Amy Bennett, coordinator for the Champions of the Environment. “This grant will allow the school to maintain and add sustainable components to the garden such as a power-generating windmill, and evergreens and plants that will attract butterflies.”

Bennett said that the project will involve most of the student body. The garden serves as an outside classroom and allows hands-on learning, especially during the study of the life cycle of butterflies.

According to Bennett the garden will provide continuous learning opportunities across multiple subject areas including mathematics, science and language arts.

In addition to the $2,000 grant, these Champions will receive other rewards including a feature on the Champions’ Web site and a commercial about the project that will air on WIS-TV in Columbia and WCSC-TV in Charleston.

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, Eastman Chemical Company, International Paper, WCSC-TV, and WIS-TV with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. Applications for Champions’ next round of grants are due Sept. 15.

For more information, visit the Champions Web site at: http://www.scdhec.gov/champions, or call Bennett at (803) 898-4249.

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For more information:
Amy Bennett - (803) 898-4249
E-mail - bennetam@dhec.sc.gov
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