The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded a $110,000 grant to Richmond County Schools for 3-D scanning and modeling technology to introduce middle schools and early college students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts. The foundation’s board of directors voted unanimously for the grant.
“It is my honor to congratulate Richmond County Schools on receiving this grant,” said State Rep. Ken Goodman (D-Richmond). “Learning is being enhanced through classroom technology and helps students prepare to compete in a global economy that brings profound changes and helps revolutionize education. Teachers are creating 21st century classrooms that engage students and capture their attention in alternative ways that extend beyond traditional textbooks and chalkboards.”
“This is a great day for Richmond County Schools and I extend my congratulatory wishes to them,” said State Sen. Gene McLaurin (D-Richmond).
“I was pleased to hear that these funds are being awarded to equip our students and better prepare them for the jobs of the future. I am grateful to Golden LEAF for recognizing this need and for realizing that our students need to be engaged in innovative learning techniques. This is yet another great example of the value of the Golden LEAF Foundation and the investments they have made in rural communities across our state,” McLaurin said.
Richmond County Schools serves approximately 7,700 students at 17 fully accredited schools in the areas of Ellerbe, Hamlet, Hoffman, Norman, and Rockingham. The county has been a leader in providing innovative, high-tech education in classrooms, according to the foundation.
The Golden LEAF foundation provides support to educational programs, designed to increase economic vitality. Grants are typically awarded to government entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits. Currently Golden LEAF funds 1,133 grants, totaling more than $498 million.