COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced Thursday that 12 South Carolina schools, including three in the Lowcountry, recently received grants to promote environmental education and activities.
The “Environmental Champion” award is given annually to schools whose teachers apply for funding by submitting a proposed project focused on improving the environment.
“DHEC is committed to supporting environmental education and awareness in South Carolina, and programs like Environmental Champions help instill knowledge and respect for our state’s natural resources,” said Myra Reese, DHEC Environmental Director. he said. “We look forward to working with our great partners and supporting many projects at Environmental Champions in classrooms across the state for years to come.”
Eleven schools were awarded $2,500 grants and one school received $1,500.
This year’s projects primarily focus on cultural awareness and community engagement.
The 2023-24 Environmental Champions winners are:
- Horry County Academy of Arts, Science and Technology
- Charleston County RB Stoll High School
- Horry County Loris Middle School
- Charleston County St. John Catholic School
- Anderson County Star Iba Middle School
- Busby Creative Arts Academy, Lexington County
- Horry County South Conway Elementary School
- York County Nation Ford High School
- Forts Pond Elementary School, Lexington County
- Spartanburg County DR Hill Middle School
- Newberry County Reuben Elementary School
- Riverview Charter School, Beaufort County
DHEC created Environmental Champions in 1993 to encourage youth environmental projects.
“We are especially pleased that several rural schools received awards this year,” said Amanda Ray, DHEC Environmental Champions Program Coordinator. “Funding from the Champions of Her program will provide these schools with environmental education opportunities they would not otherwise have.”
Sponsors of this grant program include DHEC, Dominion Energy, and Sylvamo. This program is supported by the South Carolina Environmental Education Association.