SOMC Supports Green Schools’ Lab ProjectPosted on July 24, 2007

As part of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s “Make A Difference” grant program, SOMC has awarded Green Local Schools a $20,000 commitment to assist with a new science and video laboratory.

The school system is in the process of renovating a vacant building into a hands-on science and video laboratory for students in grades 3-6 as well as for some high school student projects. The lab is expected to open during the coming school year.

“The SOMC grant will be a huge infusion of money for this project,” Superintendent Ronald Lindsey said. “I envision this facility to constantly grow and be updated over time, and this is a very important first step.”

Green was one of 13 applicants for SOMC’s first Make A Difference Grants. SOMC announced earlier this year that three $20,000 grants would be awarded to local schools whose projects best met the criteria.

“The grants are awarded based on the project’s impact to students and community, support of SOMC values, likelihood of success and sustainability,” SOMC President Randy Arnett explained. “Ultimately we asked how the program will make a difference and improve the long-term health of the community.”

Lindsey said that all too often science takes a back seat to other subjects, especially in elementary education. “This will be a hands-on environment, a facility that will allow students to really do experiments instead of just reading about them in a book or listening to a lecture.”

“Green’s science and video lab project is an excellent example of a relevant project that will impact our future health professionals,” Arnett said. “Green Local Schools has demonstrated their commitment to this project and we’re excited to be able to help them achieve it.”

SOMC also awarded grants to Greenup County Schools and Washington-Nile Schools.

“This was our first year for the SOMC Make A Difference Grant and my only regret is that we aren’t able to award every applicant a grant, as the proposed programs in the applications all had merit and heart,” Arnett said.

Separate news releases on the other two grants will also be distributed to area media detailing the other recipients’ projects.

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