Project SMART Celebrates 10 Years of Support from Entergy

(Standing from left) Carol Burch ’83 M’94, Jason Webb ’01 M’06, Sue Witmer ’02, Kelly Sawyer (Entergy), Dr. Barb Beyerbach ’74, Jim Feeney (Entergy), Carol Carroll ’91 M’95, Dan Wood M’10, Brad DePoint ’04, Chris Cox ’96, Jamie Hefti M’00; (Seated) Dr. Marcia Burrell, Nicole Freebern M’04, Paula Meyers (Missing from photo: Stacy Dawson M’12)

(Standing from left) Carol Burch ’83 M’94, Jason Webb ’01 M’06, Sue Witmer ’02, Kelly Sawyer (Entergy), Dr. Barb Beyerbach ’74, Jim Feeney (Entergy), Carol Carroll ’91 M’95, Dan Wood M’10, Brad DePoint ’04, Chris Cox ’96, Jamie Hefti M’00; (Seated) Dr. Marcia Burrell, Nicole Freebern M’04, Paula Meyers (Missing from photo: Stacy Dawson M’12)

Over the past 10 years, Entergy has provided Project SMART (Student-centered, Multicultural, Active, Real-world Teaching) with more than $200,000 to help fund the collaborative professional development program for K-12 teachers. In June, representatives from Entergy gathered with the teacher participants who shared stories about what the funding enabled them to do in their classrooms and the impact that had on their students. From incorporating iPad minis and Leap Pads to engage learners to growing vegetables in a hydroponic lab to using handheld video cameras to study waves, the teachers eagerly shared the transformative effect these extra resources had on their teaching and the students’ learning. “We’ve seen the results of Project SMART and the enthusiasm of the students and teachers,” said Jim Kelly of Entergy, who announced the company’s decision to award Project SMART a $20,000 grant for 2014-15. “This is money well invested.” Oswego Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kerry Casey Dorsey ’81, Dr. Beyerbach, Dr. Burrell, Witmer and all the teachers thanked Entergy for its commitment to this community partnership and to the education of young minds. For details about the project, visit www.oswego.edu/prosmart/.

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