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April 26, 2010

Horry County’s Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology a ‘Champion of the Environment’

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology in Horry County has been awarded a $2,000 Champions of the Environment grant, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Students will be building and deploying an artificial reef to create habitat and assist with wave attenuation,” said Amy Bennett, coordinator for the Champions of the Environment. “Working on the project will allow students to gain a thorough understanding of aquatic environments, as well as the properties of wave dynamics.”

According to Bennett, students will first build reef models for an inside aquarium, then a larger model that will be deployed in ponds on the school property. Final ocean deployment of the full sized artificial reef is planned for September and will involve many volunteers.

As a Champion of the Environment, the school will receive a $2,000 cash grant. The school will also receive Champions give-away items, be featured on the Champions’ Web site and a commercial will be made about the project and aired 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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