Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, representing the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, was included when the $10,000 check was presented to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Dec. 6 by Board of Trustee member, Lillian Furlow, Principal Project Manager, along with Gregory J. Wilson, Vice President and Area Manager of CH2M HILL. The Chattahoochee Nature Center, represented by DeAnn Fordham, Development Director and Dr. Tom Howick, Education Director, officially thanked CH2M HILL for their ongoing support that has continued for over 20 years!
Commissioner Hausmann said, “Fulton County has a long history of supporting The Chattahoochee Nature Center dating back to 1976. We applaud CH2M HILL for their support of this new STEM initiative that will benefit Fulton County students and expand the pilot program initiated this year.”
Lillian Furlow, Principal Project Manager at CH2M HILL and member of the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Board of Trustees explained, “CH2M HILL’s long-term partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center has been rewarding due to the alignment of core values in education and the environment.”
Gregory J. Wilson, Vice President and Area Manager of CH2M HILL, elaborated, “Thanks to the CH2M HILL Foundation STEM grant, the Chattahoochee Nature Center will now be enabled to expand this engaging integrated program for Fulton students. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education is important to our future and to our long term economic development. By using the environment and natural sciences to explore STEM topics we can give our students a strong foundation while providing them with opportunities to utilize creative skill sets that will prepare them for careers and professions in engineering and other fields.”
Dr. Tom Howick, CNC’s Senior Director of Education, works in partnership with the Fulton County School System's STEM Directors. There are currently five elementary schools where the initial program is being piloted this year. Those schools include River Eves, Mimosa, Oak Knoll, State Bridge Crossing and Northwood Elementary school for the third and fifth grades. He stated, “The Chattahoochee Nature Center feels strongly about the use of STEM in environmental education programming. Our grounds and the school’s outdoor classrooms provide excellent spaces for students to study the STEM components. We are committed to promoting the role of natural science education through this STEM initiative.”
Additional information about CH2M HILL Foundation’s STEM initiative can be found here:http://www.ch2mhillblogs.com/foundation/programs-and-partnerships/stem-education/