TVA Partnership Awards Two Greeneville City Schools a STEM Grant

The grant award is part of $580,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to 161 schools across TVA’s seven-state service territory.

"We are so excited to receive a grant from TVA to enhance STEM learning at Hal Henard.  Our school believes that children learn by creating, building, and exploring.  This grant will allow us to purchase materials that will allow our students to create their own path to learning by building observational and reasoning skills,” said, Teresa Spears, HH Librarian and MakerSpace Teacher.  Spears gave a special thanks to Greeneville Light and Power. 

"STEM learning is so important for our students and their future.   STEM fosters critical thinking skills that engage students at the highest levels of learning.  I am very appreciative to TVA for providing this grant opportunity," said, Janet Ricker, Principal of HH.  

“It is an honor to receive this TVA Partnership Grant.  We are excited to use this grant to further provide the enriched STEM education we offer for the students at Greeneville Middle School,” said, Jack Evans, Principal of GMS.

Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools, stated; “We are so appreciative of TVA, Bicentennial Volunteers Inc., and Greeneville Light and Power for their support of Greeneville City Schools and STEM Education. These grants will further support enhanced learning opportunities for our students at Hal Henard Elementary and Greeneville Middle School in science, technology, engineering, and math areas critical to success in a rapidly advancing technical world.

Across the valley, educators submitted projects large and small, to further their STEM education initiatives in the classroom.  The projects submitted will immerse all students in a transparent culture of STEM woven into their daily learning.

As part of the HH project, the school media center has developed a collection of educational materials suitable for elementary students. Age-appropriate learning stations include experiments with electricity, construction and building, coding, artistic creations, simple machine exploration, reading, writing, basic engineering such as bridge design and fabrication, modeling, and basic chemistry. In one teacher-driven project, students will learn about super-absorbent polymers and their uses in cleanups of hazardous chemical spills, gasoline and oil spills, and polluted water. 

The competitive grant program provided teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000 and preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving. Schools who receive grant funding must receive their power from a TVA distributor.

“The goal of the program was to help further STEM education across the valley,” said Rachel Crickmar, TVA Community Relations Program Manager. “We knew this program would be popular and competitive and now we’re looking forward to seeing the impact these projects have.”

A full list of the grant recipients can be found at

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

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