Entergy supports Oswego's Project SMART

imageThe Entergy Charitable Foundation has granted $25,000 to SUNY Oswego to support Project SMART (Science and Math Applied Resources for Teaching) “Kids at Work.”

Project SMART supports teacher professional development, connecting teachers from rural Oswego County and urban schools in Syracuse and New York City to learn and grow together to make school learning more relevant to everyday life.

The support from Entergy will help regional teachers provide real-life experiences of math, science and technology connections in the workplace. It will enable Project SMART to expand its Healthworks curriculum project for middle school students to include energy topics.

“Entergy is pleased to provide support to SUNY Oswego’s Project SMART program because it addresses educational, literacy and health issues, three key areas of commitment for the company,” said Bonnie Bostian, communications manager at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Station. “We’re also looking forward to helping with Project SMART’s career days and field trips, and by providing our employees as speakers.”

Dr. Linda Rae Markert, dean of the School of Education, said, “SUNY Oswego’s School of Education is thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to partner with Entergy. Their generous support will expand our collaborative Project SMART/Healthworks initiatives in many ways. Scientific literacy is so critical for success today, and through Entergy’s partnership with us, hundreds more K-12 students in Central New York will become more aware of important energy issues in our global society.”

Professor Barbara Beyerbach, who has been involved with Project SMART since its inception, noted that the Entergy grant will help provide field trips, speakers and curriculum materials that may have been cut in tight school budgets, and it will affect the lives of hundreds of children. “It helps make the state curriculum more localized and more relevant, and (students) can see how school math and science are applied to people right in their own neighborhoods,” she said.

In the Healthworks initiative, a team of Oswego County teachers under the direction of Sue Witmer has developed curriculum focusing on awareness of health careers facing shortages and coordinated a series of career days, field trips and health career speakers. This grant will allow this experienced team to expand the scope of its work to include energy-based business and industries in the region in their curriculum, speaker engagement, science fair and career days initiatives.

Project SMART has operated for 18 years with support from federal and state grants as well as the local business community.

The current grant is the second-largest Entergy Charitable Foundation grant to be awarded to this area through the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Station’s contribution program. Last year $30,000 was awarded to Oswego County’s 32 volunteer fire departments to help deliver educational programs about fire safety and prevention.

Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of over $9 billion and about 14,000 employees.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Healthy gift: The Entergy Foundation has granted $25,000 to SUNY Oswego to support Project SMART and its Healthworks initiative. During a week-long summer institute on campus, school teachers shared ideas on how to connect science, math and technology concepts to real life. From left are Heather Stone of Oswego, a teacher at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown schools; Estela Morel and Rebeca Morel, both New York City teachers; Dan Pawlewicz of Fulton, a teacher at Hannibal; Bonnie Bostian, communications manager at Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Station; Marcia Burrell of SUNY Oswego’s School of Education and co-director of Project SMART; and Dale Scofield, a New York City teacher.

(Posted: Jul 13, 2005)