April 25, 2014
Karen Truesdale|Thomaston-Upson School System
Upson-Lee High School has received a Dart Foundation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Grant in the amount of $4,940. The grant funds will be used for equipment and materials for VEX Robotics classroom curriculum and robotics competitions. This grant will assist ULHS in providing more challenging, engaging STEM projects requiring students to apply critical thinking skills, solve difficult problems, and utilize both the engineering design process and the scientific method. ULHS teacher Jim Grubb will be the robotics instructor. This is the first year that the Thomaston area has been eligible to apply for grants from the Dart Foundation, and ULHS was the recipient of the first grant awarded in this area. The Thomaston-Upson School System would like to thank the Dart Foundation, local Dart Foundation members, and local Dart Container personnel: Human Resource Manager Karen Smith and Plant Manager John Ross. Dart Foundation members are pictured presenting the grant award to ULHS and Thomaston-Upson School System personnel. Pictured l-r: Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook, Dart Foundation member (DFM) Gwen Foster, DFM Lekchisa Pennyman, ULHS teacher Jim Grubb, DFM Wendy Fordham, ULHS Principal Tracy Caldwell, DFM Kornisha Montfort, DFM Eric Walker, DFM Monica Walker, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Larry Derico. Dart Foundation members not pictured are Dennis Strom, Brandy McChargue, LaRae McGouirk, and Daven Johnson.