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Leaphart Elementary School receives statewide grant

For Immediate Release – January 18, 2023



Leaphart Elementary School receives statewide grant

IRMO – Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet received a $1,000 grant from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).


DHEC’s ‘Champions of the Environment’ awards are issued each school year to foster environmental education and action in classrooms, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Teachers apply for grant funding by outlining their educational project that focuses on pollution or waste reduction, water or energy efficiency, or preservation of natural areas.


In partnership with the SC Wildlife Federation, students at Leaphart Elementary will design, plant, and maintain a garden using native plants to attract pollinators. They’ll also post signage to educate visitors about the plants.


“We are so excited to receive this grant and for our students to learn how to be ‘Champions of the Environment’, said Leaphart Elementary School Principal Courtney Sims. “Through our school’s STEAM magnet, we challenge our students to #Think3D and develop skills needed for future success. The experiences in our greenhouse and new pollinator garden will help our students learn how to live green and to be good stewards of the environment.


Twenty South Carolina schools were chosen to receive the grants this year. Ten schools won $2,500, four schools won $2,000, and six schools won $1,000. This year’s projects include gardens, habitat restoration projects, litter prevention, citizen science, waste management, and alternate energy sources.


“We’re excited to award grants to such a large number of schools this year,” said Amanda Ley, DHEC’s coordinator for the Champions of the Environment program. “This is the largest number of projects we’ve awarded in the program’s history.”


The grant program is sponsored by DHEC, Dominion Energy, and Sylvamo, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina.