UT-Battelle is giving Oak Ridge schools a $50,000 grant to help educators prepare students for Tennessee’s new higher graduation standards.

ORHS_SealOAK RIDGE — UT-Battelle is giving Oak Ridge schools a $50,000 grant to help educators prepare students for Tennessee’s new higher graduation standards.

The funds will be used to identify and work with students in the early grades who need special help in math and reading, according to UT-Battelle information.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason gave the check to the Oak Ridge Public Education Foundation Thursday at a reception hosted at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the extension of UT-Battelle’s contract to manage ORNL.

UT-Battelle will operate the lab until at least 2015, thanks to the Department of Energy extending the contract.

Thanking the community for its support of ORNL during the past 10 years, Mason said, “When some people thought you were crazy, you welcomed UT-Battelle into your community with the kind of support many of my colleagues around the country cannot believe. Many of them also cannot believe what we have accomplished together.”

Calling it “one of the most successful partnerships in America,” Mason noted that the lab and the community have worked together on a $55 million renovation of Oak Ridge High School, the development of one of America’s premier rowing programs at Melton Hill Lake, the renovation the historic Oak Ridge Playhouse and the construction of a new Science and Technology Park.

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Source: The Oak Ridger
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